Monday, December 28, 2009

COOKIE MONSTER!

Cookie Monster Time!
hosted by Lindsey Fears Harrington
The holidays are such a fun time. You reunite with old friends that may live far away or you meet new friends that live right around the corner. Either way it's a time for you to get together, celebrate life, and talk shop. Kitchen shop that is! This time is was a holiday cookie exchange hosted by my baking friend, Lindsey. 11 of us girls, 2 kids, 1 mom, a husband, and a dad got together to try dozens of different cookies - all of which were delicious. This was only after we had tons of appetizers, such as; homemade pigs in a blanket, 7-layer dip, Bruschetta and the list goes on and on, but I don't want to make you jealous, so here's the recipe I made - a true hit in our household!

Appalachian Trail Cookies
from the Vegetarian Hausfrau (my sister's blog - original orientation found there)

1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup shredded coconut (I love this!)
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon pastry flour (I used all purpose flour)
pinch salt
pinch baking soda
pinch ground cinnamon
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup raisins (optional - I didn't use them)
1/3 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
1/3 cup M&M candies (plain)

1. Blend shortening, butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add egg and mix well.

2. Add coconut, flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Mix only until blended.

3. Fold in oats by hand, then mix in raisins, peanuts and M&Ms.

4. Spoon out in equal portions on parchment-lined baking pan. Bake at 360 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Makes two dozen.

Delicious! Happy Holidays everyone!

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