If you are looking for something to do today, a lovely, lazy long weekend activity, make these cookies!
I was first introduced to these cookies when Veggie Mama wrote a post praising their merits.
I promptly pinned her recipe and then one of my friends commented on the pin confirming that they are indeed the best ever.
With such positive recommendations from such esteemed sources, I knew I had to make them.
My all time favourite cookies are the Toll House chocolate chip cookies that my mother makes.
But I cannot readily get Toll House chocolate chips here in Australia.
And even if I have my importers send some over, somehow my cookies come out differently than my mothers…I blame both brown sugar and humidity.
Anyway, I have been on the lookout for a new favourite cookie since I moved to Brisbane.
And I think I have found a winner.
Since it has been kind of wintery here in Brisbane, or at least we have had enough cool days for me to want to spend time in the kitchen baking, I have made these a few times.
The first time was a disaster.
My little helper decided not to nap and, I don’t know what I was thinking, but I decided the best thing to do would be to make some cookies.
He was cranky.
I was distracted.
I used self-raising flour instead of plain and I left out the brown sugar.
The cookies were still fine…but they were not amazing.
The next time I attempted the cookies, I waited until he was fast asleep. I put on some music, summoned my baking mojo, and made the most delicious gooey oaty chocolatey with a hint of cinnamon cookies ever.
I tweaked the original recipe slightly.
I didn’t use as much sugar.
I added molasses.
I didn’t use any nuts.
I feel like this recipe is one that you can do pretty much anything to and the cookies will still turn out a-okay.
Just use plain four and don’t forgot the brown sugar!
My version of Laura Bush’s Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies
3 cups plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
340 grams of butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups rolled oats
3 cups chocolate chips (I used half dark chocolate and half white chocolate)
2 cups moist coconut flakes
optional: 2 cups of chopped pecans or raisins or dried cranberries or whatever tickles your fancy
Heat oven to 180C/350F
Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.
In a very large bowl, beat butter and sugar. I do this step by hand because I think it gives the cookies a denser texture but by all means use your mixer if you like.
Add the eggs one at a time, stirring or beating after each.
Add in vanilla.
Stir in flour mixture until just combined.
Add oats, chocolate chips, coconut, any other goodies and stir.
The original recipe makes monster cookies…dropping 1/4 cup of dough onto an ungreased baking sheet and baking for 15 to 17 minutes..
I made much smaller cookies…dropping a heaped tablespoon of dough into the baking sheet and only baking for about 10 minutes.
I figure if I make smaller cookies, I can eat more of them!
Cool the cookies on a rack.
Make sure you eat a few while they are still warm from the oven.
The rest can be eaten later in the day or frozen.
This recipe makes oodles of cookies.
If you like you can make some and then refrigerate or freeze the rest of the dough for another day.
What is your favourite cookie?