Ok, one of my dreams is to author a cookbook. Not compile a bunch of recipes created by others-an actual cookbook of recipes that I have written...such an exciting dream, eh? Anyway, I talked with Marke about this back in September and I'm proud of announce I've created my first one! It's a cookie recipe, and I've been working on it for quite awhile-figuring out what works, what doesn't...etc, etc. So, here ya go...if you're a baker-make 'em and let me know what you think!
1/2 cup butter (salted), at room temperture
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. PURE almond extract (splurge, it's worth it!)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats (any style oatmeal will work)
1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut
1 cup chopped dried fruit (cranberries, peaches, apricots, dates...you get the idea)
1 cup white chocolate chips
1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer (or you can use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment) for 30 seconds. Add the sugars, baking powder, baking soda; beat until combined. Beat in the egg and the almond extract. Add flour, mix until combined. Mix in oatmeal, coconut, and dried fruit. Fold in white chocolate chips.
2. Drop dough by a rounded teaspoon 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
3. Bake cookies in a 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes, until very light brown. Remove from oven, let cool on sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack (note: I don't own a wire rack, I've never used one and my cookies turn out fine. I just lay 'em out on the counter, or on a piece of foil)
Recipe yields 2 dozen cookies-but I make them large. If you use an actual rounded teaspoon, you're bound to get more!
I've made this cookies really big before and added more oatmeal for a thicker dough-resulting in more of a granola bar style cookie. I used to send them in Marke's lunch for a quick breakfast or snack, since they're not overly sweet.