As I’ve mentioned earlier in the week, it’s National Cookie Week AND Teacher Appreciation Week, so, being the multi-tasker that I am, decided to make yummilicious cookies for my kids’ teachers! This was a recipe I’ve never made before, so I was a little nervous as to how they would turn out. But seeing as how I didn’t try to make them low fat or healthy, and I used an egg, they turned out really well 😉 These are not allergy friendly I’m afraid.
The base recipe was from Family Circle Magazine…from 1994. Now, why I have a recipe from Family Circle dating back to 1994 is beyond me. I was still in college in ’94. Unmarried, no kids…but apparently, I was reading Family Circle. *shoulder shrug* I don’t get it. However, how amazing is it that I cut out a recipe from a magazine, while in college, and ump-teen years later, still have it?! (Can you say pack-rat?) Anyway, none of that is really important. The important part is this fab cookie!
Tropical Trail Mix Cookies – adapted from M&M;’s ‘Jumbles’ Cookie, Family Circle, 1994
1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter or margarine *I used Smart Balance 50/50
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup Tropical Trail Mix (except I picked out the banana chips b/c I didn’t know how they would bake up)
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy; add egg. Combine flour and baking soda; blend into creamed mixture. Stir in trail mix, nuts and chocolate chips. Drop rounded tablespoonsful of dough (1-1/2 inch balls), about 2 inches apart, onto greased cookie sheets or silpat mats. Bake 13-15 minutes. Cool 2-3 minutes on cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool thoroughly. (Which y’all know I don’t do…I always eat at least one while it’s so hot it burns my mouth up). Store in tightly covered container. Makes about 32 cookies.
These cookies were very good! I love the hint of tropical fruit and coconut mixed in with the chocolate and pecans. And that is PEA-CANS not PEA-KAHNS, just in case you were wondering 😉
I put the cookies in a plastic bag and found these cute little tin buckets at Target. They were 50% off in the Dollar Bins after Easter.