Cookies are definitely my favorite thing to bake. The possibilites are endless, the process is fairly simple and I've yet to have a recipe be inedible. I've been baking my way thru Joy the Baker's cookbook and her Trail Mix Cookies are so yummy. This is one of those recipes that you can add or subtract the ingredients based on your preferences. For example, I didn't have any M&Ms so I used chocolate chips. I also really like coconut in my trail mix so I added a cup of shredded coconut to the mix. The results were delicious.
Trail Mix Cookies
Adapted from the Joy the Baker Cookbook
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks/8oz) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated cane sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup (6oz) peanut butter chips
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup peanuts
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup golden raisins
1. Place a rack in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oats, flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, and set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric hand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or using a good amount of elbow grease and a wooden spoon), cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (about 3 to 5 minutes). Add the eggs one at a time, beating on medium speed for 1 minute between each addition. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl as necessary. Beat in the vanilla until incorporated.
4. Stop the mixer and add the flour mixture all at once. Beat on low speed until just incorporated. Then add the peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, peanuts, coconut and raisins. Turn on mixer again and beat the additions at low speed until just incorporated. Remove the bowl from the mixer, and finish incorporating (get those loose batter pieces at the bottom of the bowl), the cookie batter with a spatula.
5. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out dough and place on prepared cookie sheet (if you don’t have a cookie scoop use a tablespoon, scoop out dough, and roll it between palms to make dough balls).
6. Bake for about 13 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.