Sunday, July 7, 2013

TX Governor's Mansion Cookies

Texas Governor's Mansion Cookies
Originally: Laura Bush's recipe, but adapted slightly

3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 cups quick rolled oats
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
2 cups chopped pecans

Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.  In a mixer bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy.  Gradually beat in the two types of sugar to combine.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each.  Beat in the vanilla.  Preheat the oven to 350.  Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir in the flour mixture until just combined.  Add the chocolate chips, oats, coconut, and pecans. I ended up transferring everything to the largest mixing bowl I have -- because this dough is packed with stuff and takes up some space when everything is combined.

Using an ice cream scoop -- I used a medium or large cookie scoop and still had good sized cookies, level off the dough and place onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 3 inches apart. Bake 13-15 minutes or until slightly underdone.  Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 2-3 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
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