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I am not normally a baker. It requires too much exactness for my preference. I like to be able to dabble and change and play with the flavors. It changes the chemistry though. Which means cakes flop, caramels are runny, and breads are rock solid. It seems like I can manage cookies, however. These cookies are fantastic! The texture is chewy; the flavor buttery and delicious. The only slight change I might make is to add cinnamon to the next batch. But I won’t have any trouble eating this batch!


Coconut Pecan Oatmeal Cookies (from the Food Network)
2 sticks salted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup unsweetened grated coconut

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. In a separate bowl, mix together the soda, baking powder, salt, and flour. Mix into the wet ingredients until just incorporated. Stir in the oats, pecans, and coconut. Place tablespoonfuls of the dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Allow the cookies to cool for a couple of minutes before removing to cooling racks. Makes 40 cookies.