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  • 3 cups - flour
  • 1 tablespoons - baking powder
  • 1 tablespoons - baking soda
  • 1 tablespoons - cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoons - salt
  • 3 sticks - butter
  • 1 1/2 cups - white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups - packed brown sugar
  • 3 - eggs
  • 1 tablespoons - vanilla
  • 1/4 cups - half-and-half OR milk
  • 3 cups - semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 3 cups - old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups - coconut
  • 2 cups - chopped pecans
  • - kosher salt
  • Directions:

    Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

    In a separate bowl, mix together the butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla and half-and-half (or milk). Add flour mixture and beat until blended.

    Stir in the chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans.

    Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. (Sprinkle with kosher salt, if using). Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.

    Cool for a couple of minutes and then loosen with a spatula.

    Brief Description

    Cookies filled with oats, chocolate chips, pecans and coconut.

    Main Ingredient:

    chocolate chips

    Cuisine:  American

    Prep Time: 33 min
    Cook Time: 14 min


    We found this recipe by Laura Bush in the Dallas paper when W was running for governor. I changed it up just a little bit, including adding the kosher salt on top, which everyone likes. It quickly became Byron's favorite cookie, and I love baking some for the pros at Byron's tournament! I make these cookies and bring them to the Byron Nelson High School Golf Tournaments for the high school players. I also give them out to the pro golfers each year on the first tee at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Everyone loves these!


    Peggy Nelson (Mrs. Byron Nelson)

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    October 11, 2017

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    1. Leon says:

      Very tasty! It will please you and your friends)

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