Friday, March 12, 2010

Success #2: Hu La La Cookies

So, it is official, Lion House has the best recipes. 2 out of the 3 recipes I have made were exceptional (the other recipe wasn't bad either, but just not amazing). This cookie recipe is thick, crunchy, and rich.

  The recipe is different than your average cookie mix. You mix in most of your dry products first, and then  cut in butter (like a pastry). Finally, you add in eggs to make it a dough. Yes, this process takes a little more tender, loving care--but it is beyond worth it.
   Now, for all those out there that do not like coconut tons, these cookies do have a lot of coconut in them, but the flavor is not overwhelmingly coconutty. The coconut adds more to the texture than it does to the flavor.
   Just one last note before I get to the recipe. The cookie dough is dry and needs to be patted together to make into cookies. It also does not spread much at all, so whatever size you make, it will end up being the same size.

Enjoy these amazing cookies!!!

Hu La La Cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups coconut
2 cups rolled oats (I used quick-oats, but old-fashioned oats will just make it chewier.)
3 egss
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, sugars (I always get excited when you have a reason to pluralize non-count nouns. Yup, I am a grammar dork.), baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Cut in butter and mix until well blended. [This will take a bit of time. I used a fork, but if you have a pastry cutter, that will work even better. Don't worry if it is still very dry when the butter is mixed in. It will turn into a dough with the eggs.)

Add coconut and oatmeal and mix briefly. [I also like that the recipe uses the word briefly here. I am not sure what that means exactly, but I just mixed the coconut and oats all the way in.]

Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. [This also takes a bit of stirring, but even if you don't believe it, there is enough liquid to make the whole bowl into a dough.]

Stir in chocolate chips.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

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