Thursday, February 23, 2012


Several years ago, one of my Texas neighbors sent a basket of warm cookies to our house, as a thank you. During these years, I had a house filled with 3 young boys and a husband...all lovers of anything cookie. But, they were not the kind of cookie monsters who would eat a LOT at one sitting. Two at a time was the norm. Until these cookies arrived...
These are my boys when we lived in TX...
I have never seen my men eat like that! The 2 dozen cookies were gone in minutes...and the boys were out the door, heading to the neighbor's house, to ask for the recipe so I could make them again. Yes, they were THAT good!

I have no idea why these delectable cookies are named for the state of Arizona. Nor could my friend tell me. All I know is that they are absolutely delicious!

Here's the recipe.....Hope you enjoy them as much as my family... 

Sift together:
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch salt

Cream together:
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup butter

Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture.

Add:  2 cups oatmeal (I prefer the Old-Fashioned oats)
         2 cups shredded coconut
         1 cup chocolate chips
         1 cup chopped pecans

Drop dough (tablespoon) onto a prepared or parchment-lined baking sheet...2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees F until brown (approx. 12-15 minutes).

Makes a lot!!! (and I usually cut out some of the sugars)
***I lightly tap the hot cookies with a spatula, to flatten them a little.  And I used a teaspoon to drop the photographed cookies...I wanted them to be a bit smaller, so I would not feel too guilty eating a couple. (And yes, I went for a walk afterwards.)


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jmac said...

Oh MY......the coconut must be the secret! may just have to make these this weekend! thanks chicka!

Lynn said...

Lots of goodies in there, no doubt they're great:@)

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I have made these cookies before...I think I found the recipe in an old Southern Living magazine. The coconut makes them very moist and they are a big favorite in our house too!

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

That's it, I have a function to attend on Saturday and you've convinced me to make these cookies to bring along. Can't wait to taste them!


Patricia @ ButterYum said...

PS - the boys were adorable!!!

Kaybe said...

Looks yummy especially with the coconut.

Della said...

Hi Jane,

These are so similar to my Craisin cookie recipe. Try substituting Craisins (dried cranberries) for the chocolate chips. OMG! So good!

rjerdee said...

it's the oatmeal that speaks to me! My moom always made "oatemeal squares" when we were kids...we could always count on a pan of them, warm and cut in squares, every day after school.

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Hi Jane - just wanted to let you know I made these over the weekend and they were a huge hit. Very, very yummy cookies!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

Have a great week!

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

I blogged about them - stop by for a visit if you get a chance.