Oatmeal Cherry Coconutty Cookies

Oatmeal Cherry Coconut Cookies-1Time to make some cookies! Lisi from Lisi’s Luscious Desserts says she can’t tell a lie, these are scrumptious! At first it tastes like a simple delicious oatmeal butter cookie, not a bad thing…but as you savor that first bite you’ll notice the tart cherries, and then exclaim “hmmm…what’s in these?”  Coconut!  Although a very simple cookie to make, they are full of such awesome flavor. For those who aren’t crazy about coconut, it is subtle addition to the overall flavor. These are great to chop up and mix into your vanilla ice cream.

Oatmeal Cherry Coconutty Cookies

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup dried shredded coconut (sweet or not – I used unsweet)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dried tart cherries (or cranberries, or chopped apricots)
3 tablespoons water
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup Lyle’s Golden Syrup

Directions
Preheat oven 350 degrees and place rack in center of oven. Line baking sheet with parchment. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar,coconut, baking soda, salt and cherries. Mix together the water, melted butter and the syrup and pour into the dry ingredients. Mix until dry ingredients are incorporated.

Roll the dough into 1 1/4 inch balls and place on baking sheet. Flatten slightly to form 2 inch disks. Bake for about 12-15 minute until the cookies are a nice light brown. And rotate the pan midway through cooking. If you place 2 pans in at once, baking time may be longer. Let cool on rack.

These store well for about 3 days in an airtight container.  And remember you can roll the dough into a log and place in fridge or freezer to bake fresh the next time you want them.

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