I really do love making cookies, they are probably the thing I like to make the most, just because you can add sooooo many different things and flavors. Most of the time I will take the base dough that I make divide it half, three’s or in four’s, it really depends on the different combinations I want to try and see if they are any good. Sometimes they work, sometimes your like yeah…NO 😛
But that is what’s fun about getting in the kitchen and creating a recipe. When coming up with a recipe for you all here on my blog, I usually try to start with an ingredient that I like (ex. chicken, seafood, etc.), then a direction I want to go in, check my pantry, walk the aisle’s at the store, coming home and laying it all out on the counter and just start.
Taste as I go, sometimes it’s not right and then I go back to the pantry and see what I have to make it better. Everyone has different tastes, what I like, you may not like, so if you don’t like something in a recipe then change it, don’t be afraid to make your own.
So here we go with my newest cookie recipe; as I was thinking of what kind of cookie to make, I checked my pantry and left over from my Homemade Granola Recipe https://whatscookingwithchefamy.com/2013/03/25/homemade-granola/ was coconut and pecans. So okay there is a start, then I saw the oatmeal so okay an oatmeal cookie…but what else could I add… as I turned my head and started to think…there is was right on my table…Mandarin Oranges…yes!! 🙂
First I got my coconut on a baking sheet to toast
Whisk together flour, salt & baking soda set aside
In a small cup add eggs & vanilla
In mixer bowl add sugars & butter Beat together
Then add eggs with vanilla Then on low at flour mixture
At this point I want to try two different cookies, so I halved the dough
First Cookie – Orange Coconut Oatmeal
dough, coconut, orange zest, oatmeal mix to combine
Second Cookie – Orange Pecan Oatmeal
chop pecans, add pecans, zest, oatmeal, mix to combine
Scoop on to baking sheet and bake
So as I had my family test these cookies, they liked both for sure, the one’s that didn’t like coconut liked the pecan ones better, but most said they’d like them both together. So there I mixed the coconut and the pecans together, but if you don’t like coconut or can’t have nuts, you can leave one or the other out.
Recipe – Orange Coconut Pecan Oatmeal Cookies
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup toasted coconut
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
zest of 4 mandarin oranges
2 cup old-fashioned oats
Preheat oven 350 degrees
In a medium bowl whisk together flour, salt and baking soda, set aside
In a small cup add eggs and vanilla, set aside
To toast coconut, add to baking sheet, bake at 350 degrees until light brown, keep an eye on this, in a second it will burn, stir every minute or so until light brown. Chop pecans, set aside.
In your mixing bowl add butter and both sugars, beat on medium high for about 3 – 4 minutes. Turn to mixer to medium add eggs with vanilla, beat until combined, on low add your flour mixture, once flour is kind of mixed, you can turn the mixer back to medium and beat until just combined.
Fold in or use your hands to mix in coconut, pecans, oats and orange zest.
Use a medium scoop, scoop dough on to lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart, bake for 12 – 15 minutes, golden brown.
I hope you will try them and enjoy!!!
And if you haven’t seen my Dark Chocolate Coffee Nut Cookies, check them out here