Paul Bunyan Cookies

Posted on August 14, 2011

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These little gems are the perfect hiking or picnic cookie.  They are hearty and filling, full of nutritious ingredients like fruit and nuts to keep you going.  I believe I found this recipe initially in  Martha Steward magazine, but I have since adapted it to my own tastes.  Make these up the night before a hike or picnic and they are just great as snacks or after a meal.


Paul Bunyan Cookies

1 1/4 c. flour (you can sub half whole wheat)

1 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 c. old fashioned oats (not quick oats)

Combine these dry ingredients in a bowl.

In your mixer:

Beat 1/4 c. butter and 1/4. c. shortening together.  Then add:

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. molasses

2 large eggs

Once this is all beaten together and combined well, add the dry ingredients, beating to combine.

Then slowly stir in:

2/3 c. sweetened flaked coconut (Baker’s brand is best)

6 oz. dark chocolate chips

6 oz. butterscotch or white chips

1 c. raisins

1 c. nuts (chopped and roasted almonds, pecans, or walnuts)

You can vary the add ins however you like!  Chocolate peanut M&Ms would be good, or dried chopped apricots or cranberries.  Be creative!

Cook at 350 on parchment lined pan, making them quite large–about 9-12 cookies per pan.  Bake about 12-15 minutes until set, and let them hang out on the pan for ten minutes or so before you transfer them to a wire rack to cool.

I usually end of making a batch that is raisin free as I have a few picky kids who think raisins are akin to rabbit poo.  I just make that batch first and then add the raisins in for the rest of us.

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Little Sis
We eat these all the time, though in your cookbook there is no coconut.  I add more nuts (cashews because of the mild flavor), flax seeds, and raw sunflower seeds.  They’re great.  Great pic.
Sunday, August 8, 2010 – 06:09 PM
Little Sis
Oh, and I almost forgot.  If you use mini chocolate chips they are a lot less messy for the little ones.
Sunday, August 8, 2010 – 06:11 PM
MamaChef
Yes, coconut has been a recent addition.  Great idea about the mini chips!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 – 12:23 AM
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