RECIPE: White Chocolate Coconut Grape-Nuts Cookies

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I am still trying to make my way through a box of Grape-Nuts I had to buy for my scout troop's cooking badge work. I ended up making these little yummies this weekend, and they were unbelievable. The nuttiness of the brown sugar and the grains matched with the creaminess of the coconut flakes and white chocolate just melts in your mouth. Meanwhile, you get this chewy-crunchiness from the Grape-Nuts. It's a party in your mouth. And you don't feel too guilty eating them, either. These are packed with whole grain and fiber. But the kids won't know they're good for them. That's how good they taste.

I won't tell if you won't.

White Chocolate Coconut Grape-Nuts Cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup Grape-Nuts Cereal
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
12 Tbsp. softened butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350˚. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.


In a medium bowl mix the flour, oats, Grape-Nuts, baking powder and soda, and salt. Set aside.




In a mixing bowl, whip the butter until light and creamy. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla beat until thick and fluffy. Turn the mixer on low and add the dry ingredients, and mix until combined. Turn off the mixer, and by hand add the white chocolate chips and coconut.


Let the batter sit for 10 minutes. This allows the oat groats and the fiber to absorb some of the moisture and soften up. The batter will stiffen up as it sits. That's OK.


Then drop the batter in well rounded teaspoons about 2" apart on the baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden and set. Let cool on wire rack. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

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