Not a lot of cookies are made here at the cottage. Okay, I make shortbread cookies, they’re my favorite plain and also I’ve have experimented with add ins like pecans or orange zest, have even made a variation with brown sugar and pecans as a unique shortbread, but that’s about it for cookies. I do admit to enjoying bar cookies and the ease of making them,. yet I’ve wanted another cookie to add to my repertoire, if it’s a go to recipe that’s a bit different, with a crisp crumb and a bit of texture added, and of course loaded with southern flavors.
I ran across a cookie recipe- from a community cookbook that I’d kept for over 20 years- it called for walnuts and a few other things I knew would have to change before it would be a cookie I thought would taste good and be worth the time and effort. Now… the baker had called the recipe- ‘World’s Best Cookie’. Southerners do tend to exaggerate when it comes to making up a title for their recipes…everything is – Best, Delight, Divine or named, King or Queen– after Royalty or a famous ranch for all I know… Still. I wondered about this world’s best cookie…it did sound good, and except for the walnuts, had solid southern flavors. I’ve been clearing out my pantry for a fresh start to the new year and I had all of the ingredients on hand. You might have them too!
I tweaked the old recipe and what do you know? It’s a really good cookie. World’s Best, who knows? Still. For me to put our name on it- well, it’s has to be good!
I’ve named these cookies simply Camellia’s Cottage Cookies… easy to make, even easier to enjoy and the easiest to share! Otherwise… well, let’s just say I was standing there eating them one after another thinking- ‘I’ve got to get these cookies out of here!’ Hope you’ll try them. As always…
Love y’all, Camellia
Camellia's Cottage Cookies
A truly good cookie that has everything but the kitchen sink- pecans, oats, coconut and even corn flakes! The butter makes the texture light and crisp. It’s a great after school snack or with all that fiber even a quick breakfast treat with a piece of fruit of course…
- 1 cup regular or frosted corn flakes (lightly crushed)
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (not quick or instant)
- 1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened is best)
- 3/4 cup coarse chopped pecans
- 1 cup butter (I use salted, if you don't add 1 teaspoon of salt)
- 1 cup dark brown sugar (may use light brown)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg- lightly beaten
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda (sifted with flour)
- 4 cups all purpose flour
In a large bowl, toss to combine- lightly crushed corn flakes, rolled oats, coconut and pecans. Set aside. With a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars until light, about 4 minutes. Add beaten egg, mix well- then add vanilla and almond extracts, beating well. Slowly add vegetable oil until well incorporated. Remove bowl from mixer.
By hand, carefully add mixture of corn flakes, oats, coconut and pecans. Then, add one cup at a time of the sifted flour mixture. Be gentle but mix well.
Drop by rounded tablespoons on ungreased sheet pans. Flatten each ball of dough with a fork dipped in water – making a cross hatch pattern.
Bake at 350 degrees for 14-15 minutes. Check cookies after 12 minutes. Bake until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Makes 3-4 dozen.
I had frosted corn flakes in my pantry and they worked just fine! It’s important to cream the butter, sugars, egg, extracts and oil in the correct order- and to do this with a mixer. Folding in the mixture of oats, flakes, coconut and pecans must be done by hand to have that wonderful texture. Depending on the size cookies you make- adjust the baking time accordingly. These are truly good cookies!
*all photographs are mine!