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Ambrosia Bites

 Ambrosia Bites
These chewy oatmeal cookies are packed with the refreshing flavors of orange and lemon, plus dates, raisins and coconut. When our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren ask me to make "Grandma's Cookies", these are the ones they're referring to.
72 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup flaked coconut

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in the eggs, peels and vanilla. Combine the flour, oats, baking
  • soda, salt and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture until
  • well blended. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto ungreased baking
  • sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 6 dozen.