Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Orange Slice Oatmeal Cookies

I made these cookies for the first time this weekend and they were a big hit! The combination of orange slice candies, oatmeal, and coconut are a fabulous one! When I make these again (and I will make these again), I plan to add some walnuts and make them in a 9 x 13 pan as a bar. YUMMY!

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped orange slices candy (I will increase this to 2 cups the next time I make these)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets with cooking spray. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Finally, stir in the oats, coconut and candy orange slices. Drop by spoonfuls (or cookie scoop) onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Do not skip this step or the cookies will stick!

TIP OF THE DAY: The hardest part of this recipe is cutting up the orange slices because they are so sticky. To make it easier, sprinkle a little flour on your cutting board and knife so they won't stick together. Once you have cut them all up- mix them up with a bit of flour so that they do not stick together in the dough.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 8-10 minutes per batch

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