Raisin Crunch Cookies
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- 1 1⁄4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 cup old fashioned oats or 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 3⁄4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup Raisin Bran cereal
- 1 1⁄4 cups flaked coconut
- 1⁄2 cup raisins
- 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.
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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!
My whole family loved these - which is rare. My husband typically doesn't even like sweets and I don't like oatmeal rasin cookies - but thought these were great. The kids couldn't get enough! I eliminated the egg and added a little olive oil - my toddler has egg allergies so cookies are often problematic. As usual for egg elimination, the cookies don't hold together as well - but they still tasted good!
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!