Paul Bunyan Cookies

Posted on August 14, 2011


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
Yes, coconut has been a recent addition.  Great idea about the mini chips!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 – 12:23 AM
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