I sometimes imagine that I have the power to make big things happen. It routinely gets me into trouble. At home. At work. But in my little corner of the world, and if I had the power, I would make January National Cookie Month. It might seem odd that I would chose January. After all, December is most likely the month that most cookies are baked. Holiday cookies. Take a look around and see all the magazines that are produced for December distribution. Cooking Shows and Cookie Exchanges, all in December.
December is way too busy a month for me to bake all the cookies that I desire. Many times, I do bake dozens! In some memorable years, I’ve been know to bake hundreds of dozens. The problem is, of course, that I don’t have time to eat them. They are usually given away or devoured by others anyway. January is my time to bake and eat cookies.
This January, I have a new favorite cookie to share. It’s been on my mind since I found the recipe in a special publication called Food Gifts. Sorry to tell you that you probably won’t be able to find the magazine any longer on the book shelves. It’s display date ended on December 10th. But, I am sharing the delicious recipe (well, my rendition) with you, and will keep you alerted to other inspirations of the print variety.
The name of the recipe ‘Toffee-Pecan Chippers in a Jar’ drew me in right away. The picture of the layered cookie mix was cutely staged. I built the jarred cookie mix in a class in early December, but didn’t actually mix the cookies up until Christmas Eve, when my schedule for dessert baking was evaporating and I was getting desperate. Since Christmas Eve, I’ve baked these cookies three times. They are that good.
You might be able to imagine that I didn’t make the recipe exactly as prescribed. The changes I made relate to my desire to put coconut oil in lots of different baked goods (see my post on My Morning Muffin). Coconut oil gives wonderful texture to muffins, cookies and even cakes. I generally substitue about 1/2 of the butter or oil in a recipe for coconut oil. I no longer use Crisco shortning in pie crusts, substituting half butter and half coconut oil. The results are delectable.
2 Tbls butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups White Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup Heath Bar crumbles
1/3 cup coconut
1/3 cup chopped nuts or sunflower seeds
Cream together the fats and sugars. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and stir in with a wooden spoon.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Scoop the cookies into mounds onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Use your fingers to press the mounds into flattened discs. (This helps the cookies bake more uniformly.)
Bake for 5 minutes, then spin the cookie sheets around (left to right). Bake for another 3-5 minutes. Baking time relates to the individual oven, so be prepared to watch the cookies closely. You’ll see the cookies puff and dry slightly on top and become golden brown on the edges next to the pan.
Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool completely on the pan. This gives the cookie a chance to continue to crisp up on the outside, yet stay chewy on the inside. That, my friend, is a description of the perfect cookie!
If you’re baking all the cookies at once, you’ll most likely need two baking sheets. I like to give my cookies aboout 2″ between each one so that they bake evenly and crisp up nicely.