I recently recognized that I had some wheat germ in my freezer. That sent me to the Internet looking for cookie recipes with wheat germ in them. I came up with six very different recipes and started trying them. I discovered that the “healthier” the cookies seemed to be, the worse they were when done. I don’t make very many really bad cookies but a couple of the recipes were just terrible. Too much wheat germ, whole wheat flour, flax and other ingredients to make your cookies seem like they are made of sawdust.
The second result of trying out all these recipes was that, ironically, I ran out of wheat germ and had to go buy more.
This is one of the jewels of my wheat germ search. They are easy to make, have a wonderful texture, and the mixture of oats, wheat germ, dates and processed nuts and coconut provides a wonderful flavor that is not too much of anything. If you are looking for a chewy oatmeal cookie, this is one to try.
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon coconut flavoring
1½ cups rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup flaked coconut
2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup chopped pitted dates
1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
2. In large bowl, cream together butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth.
3. Beat in eggs, vanilla and coconut flavoring.
4. In a separate bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
5. Stir dry ingredients into creamed mixture.
6. Place coconut and pecans in a food processor. Process until the mixture has a texture of course meal.
7. Stir the coconut mixture into the other mixture.
8. Stir in dates.
9. Scoop 2 tablespoon balls onto cookie sheets covered with baking parchment.
10. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for a couple minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
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