I was cleaning out my kitchen cabinets and found several ingredients which needed to be used up and I came up with these chewy, coconut, oatmeal, chocolate chip, pecan cookies.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
13 mins
additional:
12 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
4 dozen
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the evaporated milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Mix in the oats, chocolate chips, coconut and pecans. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be spaced about 2 inches apart.

  • Bake for 13 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Cool slightly on cookie sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

144 calories; protein 1.7g; carbohydrates 17.4g; fat 8.2g; cholesterol 13mg; sodium 81.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2011
Did you ever already know something was going to be good just by mixing up the dough or batter? This was one of those times for me. First you're already a step ahead given the inviting array of ingredients - oatmeal chocolate chips pecans coconut. I figured these were going to be rich and delicious provided the dough turned out well and it did. No wimpy sissy cookie this! This is a hearty chewy flavorful cookie with loads of contrasting textures. This is a perfect old-fashioned basic lunch-box or cookie jar favorite. One worth making whether you're "spring cleaning" or not. I made no changes other than using half-and half for the evaporated milk- the recipe (and cookie!) is darn good just as it stands although there's plenty of room for improvising to include whatever's in your pantry. Just a word of caution - watch baking time carefully! I made fairly good-sized cookies and they were done in 10 minutes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2010
I used walnuts (because that's what my spring cleaning turned up!) I also used regular milk so I wouldn't have a can of eval milk laying around. The dough is delicious (oops!) I baked these at 350 because I didn't read the recipe. This may have been why my cookies turned out very crumbly. They fell apart really easily. It made good ice cream topping though. Read More
(5)
37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2011
Did you ever already know something was going to be good just by mixing up the dough or batter? This was one of those times for me. First you're already a step ahead given the inviting array of ingredients - oatmeal chocolate chips pecans coconut. I figured these were going to be rich and delicious provided the dough turned out well and it did. No wimpy sissy cookie this! This is a hearty chewy flavorful cookie with loads of contrasting textures. This is a perfect old-fashioned basic lunch-box or cookie jar favorite. One worth making whether you're "spring cleaning" or not. I made no changes other than using half-and half for the evaporated milk- the recipe (and cookie!) is darn good just as it stands although there's plenty of room for improvising to include whatever's in your pantry. Just a word of caution - watch baking time carefully! I made fairly good-sized cookies and they were done in 10 minutes. Read More
(55)
Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2007
This recipe is definately a keeper! My family really enjoyed eating these cookies. I did make a few ingredient changes: Instead of using 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup shortening I used 1 cup butter; instead of 2 TBSP evaporated milk I used 2 TBSP 2% milk; and lastly instead of using 2 cups all-purpose flour I used 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour. As another reviewer suggested I baked for approximately 10 mins. They were 'too' yummy; it was hard to stop at one cookie. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Read More
(38)
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
I just made these after I saw the recipe because I had a bunch of ingredients that needed to be used too. I overcooked the first sheet full but I tasted one of those and they were pretty tasty even over-browned. A very good balance of flavors and very easy to make. It helps to have a stand mixer that you can throw everything into instead of breaking your arm mixing it all yourself. Great cookies Lisa! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2009
Haha I laughed when I saw these were called spring cleaning cookies because this really IS all the ingredients people have left over!! I had everything on the list so I decided to bake them regardless....GOOD DECISION!! I followed the recipe EXACTLY and they turned out beautifully. Baked one batch at 15 mins and another at 13 to give a choice between chewy or crispy. Lovely!!! Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2009
I never tell anyone where I found this. As far as they know these are MY cookies. Keeping this one secret from the family too good to share with them. Only one that doesn't like them is my mother and thats because she thinks no one can make anything better then her. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2010
I added peanut butter to the butter and sugar mixture as well.... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2010
I have made a similar recipe basically without the milk which I think makes them more "cake" like. I would make them again but without the milk. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2012
Fantastic! Used all butter (not a fan of the artificial ingredients in shortening) one cup white/one cup whole wheat flour and half & half instead of evaporated milk (just b/c I didn't have any EM). For my add-ins I used what I had in the pantry - coconut semi-sweet choc chips white choc chips rolled oats and craisins (soaked in warm water for 15 min to plump them up before draining and adding). Hubs says they are addicting! Thanks for a great recipe to use up all the leftovers in the pantry! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2008
I subsituted maple extract for vanilla and then used one cup of margarine instead of the butter & shortening. The cookies came out crunchy and delicious! A perfect recipe. You can't taste the coconut at all it just gives the cookies a terrific texture. Using an electric mixer is recommended though! Read More
(8)
Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2010
I used walnuts (because that's what my spring cleaning turned up!) I also used regular milk so I wouldn't have a can of eval milk laying around. The dough is delicious (oops!) I baked these at 350 because I didn't read the recipe. This may have been why my cookies turned out very crumbly. They fell apart really easily. It made good ice cream topping though. Read More
(5)
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