Rocky Mountain Cookies

Tis the season….of arguing already?!  My kids have been out of school only 2 days and it has started already.  The ONLY thing that transforms them into a Charles Dickens novel almost immediately is decorating cookies.  They are so cute painting on the icing and carefully designing the colored sprinkles, working and laughing together….who are these children?  Forget the 7 fishes dinner tonight, let’s make more cookies!

If you only make one more batch of cookies besides sugar, make these Rocky Mountain Cookies.  I revised Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies and my daughter re-named them, Rocky Mountain.  They are not the healthiest but your guests will love them!

3 cups of gluten-free flour
1 TBS Baking Powder
1 TBS of Baking Soda
1 TBS of Cinnamon
1 TSP of Salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) of butter
1 1/2 cups of sugar (date, coconut, whatever you like)
1 1/2 cups of light brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup of white chocolate chips (or 2 cups of chocolate chips)
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups finely ground coconut flakes
1 cup of dried cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl.

Beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 1 minute.
Gradually beat in sugars to combine, 2 minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each.
Beat in vanilla extract.

Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Add chocolate/white chips, oats, coconut and cherries.

Bake for 17 to 19 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate sheets halfway through.  Remove cookies from rack to cool.

These cookies will be brown, don’t worry they are not over-cooked.  The coconut will make them chewy.  If you put the coconut through the food processor quickly, you won’t even know it’s in there.


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