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Yes, I am a cookie monster.  They are another one of my weaknesses. Needless to say, I do have many. Don’t rub it in. These cookies are fast, easy, and my family loves them. Coconut, pecans, and chocolate… what’s not to love????

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of German chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of flaked coconut (sweetened is fine)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs brown sugar,vanilla and milk.

It won’t look pretty.

But don’t worry. It all comes together!  With a spoon or spatula, stir in the cake mix, coconut and pecans

until just blended.

Drop spoonfuls (2 tablespoons each will equal 24 cookies) into the powdered sugar and flip to coat.

Arrange on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet.  Be careful! The dough is sticky but the powdered sugar will make it easier to handle.

Bake for 10-14 minutes, until the centers are cooked, but the cookies will still be soft.

YUM!

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Enough said… Let’s get to work.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter cut into small pieces
  • 1-2/3 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 6oz white chocolate chips  or 1-1/2 bars coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup of seedless jam (raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, boysenberry… whatever floats your boat!)

Turn on and set the oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray, or a small cookie sheet which is what I’m doing in this post. I like thinner bars. And the crumb mixture will spread.  After spraying the pan with cooking spray, line with parchment paper making sure there is enough overlapping the edges to easily remove the bars from the pan later.

In a large bowl combine flour, brown sugar, salt, and baking powder

Put butter in bowl an cut into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter, or mix in with your hands

until the flour mixture looks like coarse crumbs.  Add oats, coconut, and pecans

Mix well it should look something like this

Sorry for the close up… but it smells REALLY good!

OK, I’ve got it together.

Press just over half the mixture into the bottom of you pan. If you’re using a cookie sheet, form rectangle that is approximately 9×13  like pictured below.

I know. But I did say approximately. I say it a lot.

Here’s where it starts looking amazing.  Sprinkle the white chocolate over your crumb mixture and then spoon the jam over everything.  You may need to warm up your jam in order to spoon it easily.  20-30 in the microwave works wonders. Then crumble the remaining crumb mixture on top.  Wait until you see the next picture!

AWWWWWYEA!  Going in for the close up

Place you pan on the top rack and bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. 

Let your bars cool completely before removing from the pan using the parchment overhang, then cut into squares and enjoy!!!

If  you’re not a fan of white chocolate, you can take out the jam, substitute 4oz of semisweet chocolate and add an 1/4 cup of coconut.

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