Friday, August 14, 2009

The Healthy Pantry & not-so-healthy cookies

I recently reviewed some family meal kits from The Healthy Pantry on Boutique Cafe's Daily Dish and I had to give them a shout-out on this blog as well. The Healthy Pantry provides quick-and-easy meal kits for the whole family that are not only quick and easy but also healthy and delicious. They have everything from apple cinnamon pancakes to Tuscan tilapia to whole grain chocolate chip cookies.

To read my full review and view photos of the mixes in action, including a couple of Madison bustin' out some mean whole grain oatmeal raisin cookies, check out the full review here:

"How healthy is your pantry?"

You can also enter to win a $100 gift certificate good for your online purchase at That's $100!!! So enter to win and enjoy family-friendly, time-strapped-mom friendly meals!

And sin
ce that's enough healthy stuff for one day, here's one of my most favorite cookie recipes which I actually came up with all by myself. That's a big deal for a "Type A, always needing and following directions" type of girl! Enjoy!

Emi's Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 to 2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups quick-cooking or rolled oats
1 cup sh
redded coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (or raisins, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips...even craisins!)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt and stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Mix in the quick oats, coconut, walnuts, and chocolate chips. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto baking sheets.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until cookies are light golden brown on the edges and almost set in the middle. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for at least 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

"I am still convinced that a good, simple, homemade cookie is preferable to all the store-bought cookies one can find." ~James Beard

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