Cookies with Crunch

I have made a lot of cookies in my time and while I enjoy fancy icing and interesting ingredients, the cookie I prefer to settle down with along side a cup of hot tea will always be these cookies. They have flavor, they have crunch, and they have a variety of different tastes as you make your way through several of them because, of course, you deserve them!

Cookies With Crunch
1 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon freshly-grated orange zest
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup of your favorite flaked cereal (I like the ones that pack the most grains)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well combined.

On parchment-lined baking sheets, drop rounded teaspoons of dough about two inches apart to allow for spreading. Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately ten minutes our until golden brown. Let rest on baking sheet for a few minutes before removing them to the cooling rack. Make approximately six dozen cookies.

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