I came up with this recipe for crunchy oatmeal cookies while trying to create a cookie with the crunchiness of store bought but with the freshness of homemade. The shortening is key to the great texture, but you can substitute butter for a slightly less flaky, crispy, cookie. Also, I don't use the word "hearty" in every day conversation, but it seems to describe these cookies hence the name. They are hearty oatmeal cookies!
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Crunchy, Hearty Oatmeal Cookies
- Crunchy Hearty Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 cup 4.5 ounces all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup shortening trans fat free
- ¼ cup butter melted and slightly browned if desired
- 1 cup brown sugar packed (I used part dark brown, part light brown)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoon molasses corn syrup, maple syrup or some other syrup
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups oats old fashioned
- 1 cup pecans chopped and toasted
- ¼ cup coconut
- Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening, melted butter and both sugars until creamy (I used a wooden spoon). Stir in honey & syrup, egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture and stir until incorporated. Stir in oats, pecans and coconut.
- Using wet hands, form mixture into ¾ to 1 inch balls and place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Using palm of wet hand, press down slightly to about ½ inch. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes or until edges are brown. Remove to a rack to cool. They will crisp and firm up quite a bit as they cool.