What is it about men? They always seem to want to offer we single women advice. What is with that? Frankly, I’m doing just fine on my own, and neither need nor want their advice. After a recent, friendly, but annoying interaction with a male acquaintance, doing his best to raise my hackles by trying to tell me what to do, I knew that a cookie was in order. It couldn’t be any ordinary cookie; it had to be one with loads of taste, lots of substance, and ingredients that would replenish both body and soul. This Mountain Cookie came about as a result. You can make it normal size, or one of epic proportions. It’s up to you. Largely, it just depends upon how annoying the men in your life happen to be.
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 3/4 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment; set aside.
In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, espresso powder, and salt; mix well.
In large bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy. Add egg, vanilla, and milk; mix only until incorporated. Gradually beat in flour mixture and oats. Stir in chips, raisins, coconut, and pecans. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are crisp and browned but centers are still soft. Do not over bake. Cookies should be very brown on the outside but still chewy in the center. Let cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks; let cool completely.
For an equally satisfying chocolate chip cookies without the raisins, try Copycat DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies.
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