Friday, November 30, 2012
Cowboy Cookies from The Daily Cookie
One of my favorite bloggers of all time just wrote a cookbook, and it's really great. Anna of Cookie Madness has been posting recipes of not only cookies but tons of other desserts on a near daily basis for years. I consider her a baking authority and definitely a cookie authority.
I was really excited to get her book, The Daily Cookie: 365 Tempting Treats for the Sweetest Year of Your Life. Once I delved into it, I couldn't stop blabbing about how impressed I was. I've got to be honest: My eyes pass over a lot of cookbooks every year, and it is rare that one shows me much of anything that I haven't already seen a million times. But The Daily Cookie is packed with cool stuff that actually feels new and original!
The first recipe I tried was the Cowboy Cookies. It was one of those days when I was determined not to make a trip to the supermarket and use up ingredients I had in the house. I was tempted to try the hazelnut mocha cookies, the Easy Cafe au Lait Brownies or the No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites, but Anna mentioned that the Cowboy Cookies were one of her favorites, so I went with it.
These are meant to be big, Texas-sized cookies, but I'm lame and made them half the recommended size. They were still large, and I don't think anything was lost due to the tweak. My husband's comment was that the buttery, crisp edges tasted almost fried. The cookies are not greasy; I assure you he meant that as a high compliment. The centers are chewy, and it's just an all-around great recipe. And I have to warn those of you who aren't scared of raw cookie dough:* this one's utterly addictive.
One last thing about the book, it's really fun to read! Anna found an event from history or holiday of some sort (my birthday is "national hermit day") and tied that day's recipe to the event. Tons of research went into the book, and you'll learn a lot of cool facts. There's also a color photo of every single treat. Love it! It's now Christmas cookie baking time, so if you get one new book this year for inspiration, it needs to be this one!
*This blog does not recommend eating raw cookie dough, but what you do in private is you own business.
Adapted from The Daily Cookie: 365 Tempting Treats for the Sweetest Year of Your Life by Anna Ginsberg
Makes 24 large or 48 medium cookies
2 cups (9 oz) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold, unsalted butter, cut into chunks
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup toasted and chopped pecans
1/2 cup packed sweetened flaked coconut
1 2/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F and place a rack in the center. Have ready 2 ungreased baking sheets (I used insulated nonstick baking sheets, but any kind should work).
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or with handheld electric mixer), beat the butter on medium speed until creamy. Add both sugars and beat until very light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Continuing on the lowest speed, gradually add flour mixture, then add the oats. Stir in pecans, coconut and chocolate chips.
For large cookies scoop scant 1/4-cup-sized balls of dough and place on cookie sheets 3 inches apart. Press dough down to make 1/2-inch thick rounds. Bake one sheet at a time until edges are lightly browned and centers are just set, 12 to 14 minutes. For medium cookies, scoop about 2 level tablespoons dough and roll into balls. Place on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and chill 15 minutes (this keeps the smaller cookies from spreading too much). Press dough to form 1/2-inch thick rounds and bake one sheet at a time (keep 2nd sheet in refrigerator) for 11 to 12 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheet 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack and cool completely.
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