TV Cookies

TV cookiesThis is a recipe for T.V. Cookies my grandmother gave me a lot of years ago. Why she called them T.V. Cookies is something I’ll never know, but I do know I made these big cookies for my small kids who loved every rich and buttery bite. These monster cookies bulge with old-fashioned goodness and you can be sure there will be plenty of them to go around.

I share more cookie recipes in Pork Chops & Applesauce: A Collection of Recipes and Reflections along with a story titled, The Cookie Monster and His “Boy” Cookies, that I wrote about my son, Brian, giving his grandmother a cookie jar with strings when he was about 6. An excerpt from the book: You have to keep it full of “Boy” cookies! Brian blurted out, startling everyone in the room. We all had a hearty laugh about the conditions Brian had put on his grandmother’s gift. From that day on Brian was dubbed as our resident Cookie Monster.

Great Grandma B’s T.V. Cookies

2 cups unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated white sugar
2 cups brown sugar
5 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
4 teaspoons soda
4 eggs
4 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
4 cups shredded coconut
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream butter and sugars together in a large mixing bowl until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time; beat thoroughly and set aside. Whisk or sift together flour, baking powder, soda and salt; slowly add to butter and egg mixture. Then stir in oatmeal, coconut and vanilla (a heavy wooden spoon works well for mixing the stiff dough).

Drop 1 1/2 tablespoons dough onto baking sheet for each cookie, or use a medium-size ice cream scoop. Grease the bottom of a heavy drinking glass and dip it into granulated sugar and then gently flatten each cookie; repeat until all cookies are flattened. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Yield: 8 to 10 dozen

Cook’s Note: Cookies can be frozen laid-out flat on a baking sheet and then stacked and stored in the freezer. Use within 3 months.


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