Thursday, March 3, 2011

Ginnie's Favorite Cookie

A few years ago I was enthralled with cookies. I had such a passion for cookies, that I started a cookie company. I baked and baked to my heart content. I have to say this is what brought me really to blogging and eventually to Recipe and Cookbook Author. My passion for cooking is truly that. The smiles and warmth of heart you receive when someone loves something you have created is immeasurable. So is true of this cookie. When I decided to make cookies for a living, my cousins and friends were kind enough to be guinea pigs. My cousin Ginnie loved one cookie especially. I made dozens and dozens of many different varieties of cookies. Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Shortbread, Chocolate Dipped Shortbread, and my specialty, Hand Decorated Sugar Cookies. Ginnie wasn't having any of it.
This Toffee Coconut Walnut Oatmeal cookie was the one for her. So I have aptly named the cookie, Ginnie's Favorite Cookie. The draw of this cookie is it's combination of flavors. Crunchy, Chewy, Buttery, Nutty, Sweet and Salty. It truly is a perfect combination. Hope you enjoy as much as Ginnie and I do!

Ginnie's Favorite Cookie

Ingredients:
1 cup Butter (unsalted)
1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Sugar (white)
2 tsp Vanilla
2 Eggs
2 cups Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1 cup Oatmeal
1 1/2 cups Coconut
1 1/3 cups Walnuts
1 10oz Bag Toffee Candy Bits
(I use Heath)
Instructions
Preheat Oven to 350f
Line baking sheet with Parchment Paper
Butter and Eggs should be at room temp before beginning.

In a Mixing Bowl Combine, Butter and Sugars.
Add Eggs. Combine thoroughly.
Add Vanilla. combine.

In Large mixing bowl combine flour, oatmeal, salt, baking soda.
Add Wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
Mix well.

Fold in Coconut, Toffee and Walnuts.
Mixture will be stiff.

Spoon Tablespoon measure of mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake in a 350 pre-heated oven for 10 minutes exactly. (do not over bake)

Remove from oven cool on cooling rack for 15 mins.
Recipe yields 30 cookies, depending on size.
Cookies will remain fresh for 2 weeks in a covered plastic container.

Variation: 
I substituted a 10 oz bag of the chocolate covered toffee (broken up) and  added chocolate chips. Awesome!!