Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mountain Cookies

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.
Mountain Cookies

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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Rustown Mom said...

Ha! Hackles! The addition of espresso powder intrigues me...must find some and get to baking!

Michele Morin said...

These look monumental! I'm sure they do a great job smoothing hackles.

Linda said...

There's that secret ingredient - espresso powder. I must buy some! I agree that cookies make everything better.
Ever since I read Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, I've known that men love to be the "fixers" of everything. Maybe this male acquaintance has designs on you. ;)

judee said...

I could use one of those cookies right now too!!

Alycia Nichols said...

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!! Go, girl! Get 'em!!! It IS weird how some men will try to "mansplain" to women whether the advice is solicited or not! I've resorted to throwing up my hand Beyonce style and sweetly saying, "No mansplaining necessary, but thank you for trying!" Shuts them down every time!!! Meanwhile, a good cookie can be a girl's best friend when she's trying very hard not to land a backhand lick square on the face of a blatant mansplainer. Good for you!

thepaintedapron.com said...

ha ha, you go girl!!

Miz Helen said...

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