Coconut Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Oooh these are definitely yummy home baked goodness. Crispy oatmeal with a hint of walnuts and the deliciously sweet texture of coconut all baked into one scrumptious snack. 

If you have cookie monsters in your home then you need to check out this coconut cookie recipe. Tasting similar to the Dad's cookies you find at the grocery store these are good old fashioned country goodness. 

There is so much more to enjoy about these cookies than simply the fact that they are a tasty tidbit. They are also pretty darn good for you. On rushed morning I often have a couple of these alongside a glass of milk and it gives me the morning energy boost I need.

The ingredient list says it all: Coconut, oatmeal, eggs, and walnuts. All those ingredients have elements in them that are good for you. I love that cookies contain oatmeal because it  is always deliciously nutritious. Oatmeal is a heart healthy food and a soluble fiber that absorbs cholesterol within it to help flush that nastiness out of the body. I generally add walnuts into this recipe to give it a bit of a protein boost. Walnuts are rich in omega 3 fats which are an essential item for our good health.

If your family craves cookies then this recipe just may be the one that you want to bake up for them. Filled with a lot of good old fashioned love nothing says how much you care quite like the home baked goodness that comes from your kitchen. This is a recipe handed down to me from my mom so I guess that says it all.

Ingredients for This Delightfully Sweet Cookie Treat

4 eggs
2 cups margarine
1 cup white sugar
1 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
4 cups rolled oats
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup coconut

Optional:

1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

This is quite a large batch so there is no need to double the recipe. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Directions:

1. Blend the first 5 ingredients together. 
2. Stir in remaining ingredients and blend thouroughly.
3. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
4. Flatten each cookie with a fork (dip the fork in sugar or flour to prevent sticking).
5. These require a baking time of about 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees. 

If you are making smaller cookies then twelve or fifteen should fit on the tray but if you are using rounded teaspoonfuls of dough then place only eight per cookie tray.

To insure a softer cookie never over cook them. The longer a cookie is in the oven then the more moisture will be drawn out of them. For this recipe ten minutes in the oven is generally quite sufficient.


Baking Healthier Desserts Does Not Mean Having Less Flavor

Simple additions and deletions can make your baked goods so very much healthier.
1. Use only trans fat free margarine or oil. Trans fats are those nasty fats that clog up your arteries. Read the list of ingredients on the products that you purchase.

2. Reduce your fat further by using 1 percent milk instead of whole milk.

3. The sugar in most recipes can be cut by up to half without affecting the texture of the baking. Don't be afraid to experiment.

4. Add fruit, nuts, and berries into your dessert recipes or as replacement for more sugary options.

5. Try to bake more recipes which contain oatmeal. Oatmeal is a heart healthy option.

6. Cake recipes generally call for oil but you can substitute 2 to 3 bananas in place of the oil. This not only saves fat and calorie in your baking but it tastes great. It adds body.

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