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Chocolate Oatmeal Stars Recipe

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Fans of oatmeal cookies will love this variation that combines oats, chocolate and coconut. These star-shaped cookies "shine" wherever I take them!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 36 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup flaked coconut, finely chopped
  • Colored sugar or nonpareils

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 113 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 92 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Stir in melted chocolate chips. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in oats and coconut. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 3-in. star-shaped cookie cutter dipped in flour. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugar or nonpareils.
  3. Bake at 350° for 7-9 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Oatmeal Stars in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p50

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 113 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 92 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

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