From Food & Family Spring 2007. I made these without the coconut by increasing both the oatmeal and cereal amounts. It changes the recipe, but it still made for a really good cookie that was crisp around the edges with a soft and chewy center.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and oats; set aside.
- Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Add egg and vanilla; mix well.
- Gradually add flour mixture, beating until well blended after each addition.
- Add cereal, coconut and raisins; stir until well blended.
- Drop heaping teaspoonfuls of dough, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until lighty browned.
- Cool on baking sheets 3 to 4 minutes; remove to wire racks.
- Cool completely.
- Store in tightly covered container at room temperature.
My son rated these the best cookie he ever ate! I've soaked the raisins in a little warm water with 1/2 tsp vanilla or rum flavor. This recipe lends itself well to variations(and it still comes out great). I've added or substituted dried cranberries, dried cherries, walnuts, cinnamon chips and/or butterscotch chips. Yum!
I've made these twice now out of my Food & Family mag. I love the chewy texture the coconut adds inside with a nice crispy outside. My whole family loved them. I added pecans to the second batch. I also used Total cranberry crunch cereal as I didn't have Raisin Bran. Will definitely try some variations with this recipe. Both times I ended up with 30 cookies.
I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly these went together. I don't eat much cold cereal these days, and had some Raisin Bran that was starting to get stale, so this was a good way to use up some of it. I made some of my usual adjustments to these, and they turned out well: 3/4 C whole wheat flour & 1/2 C ap flour; 2 T butter & 6-7 T unsweetened applesauce; reduced sugars to 1/2 C and 1/3 C (respectively); and only added about 3/4 C coconut, as that is all I had. I did have to reduce the oven temp just a bit, but that could be my oven, and I also had to take them out sooner than the recipe states (around 12 minutes), or they were too done. While these are not something that I would make unless I was trying to get rid of some Raisin Bran, I would consider making them again under those circumstances. I'm taking them to work tomorrow, so we'll see how they like them!