A Bite of Everything Oatmeal Cookies

Have you ever tried the “A Bite of Everything” trail mix from Archer Farms? They sell it at Target…and it is delicious. It seriously has a little taste of everything which is perfect for Pete and I because then he doesn’t notice when I pick out all of the coconut and pineapple.

These cookies were born with this trail mix in mind. They don’t have an overwhelming list of ingredients, but when you tell your guests that you have made oatmeal cookies with chocolate, coconut, cranberries, and pecans…you get oohs & aahs from all present, because even though someone may not dig those cranberries they won’t be able to pass up the combination.

A Bite Of Everything Oatmeal Cookies – makes about 3 dozen

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7 Tbsp. coconut oil, solid
1 cup sucanat
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Add the coconut oil, and sucanat to the bowl of your electric mixer, or use a hand mixer and large mixing bowl. Beat the mixture until light; a few minutes. Add the vanilla, and salt, blend well. Next add the eggs one at a time mixing until well incorporated.

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In a separate bowl combine the flours, baking soda, and spices. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in the mixer and blend until just incorporated. Remove mixing bowl from mixer stand.

Stir in the oats, pecans, coconut, cranberries, and chocolate chips by hand until well incorporated.

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Drop the cookies by rounded tablespoons onto a lightly greased baking sheet, or a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes. They will spread slightly so do not place the cookies to close together on the baking sheet.

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Tips:
* Make sure your coconut oil is solid. You want it to take on the same structure as butter would. It will naturally be a little runnier, but these cookies still turn out beautifully.
* Be creative with the ingredients. Like I said above, these cookies can truly be a bite of everything. (I think almonds, apricots, white chocolate, and almond extract would be a lovely combination)

I hope you love these cookies as much as we have been enjoying them this past week with our guests.

**Also, thanks for your patience…I have been incredibly busy with traveling, family, hosting guests, and taking my language test that regular posting has not been happening. However, I’ll be back soon, and have some new fun fitness, and post ideas coming your way. Thanks for reading, you guys are awesome!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Liesl

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