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Chocolate Oatmeal Stars

 Chocolate Oatmeal Stars
Fans of oatmeal cookies will love this variation that combines oats, chocolate and coconut. These star-shaped cookies "shine" wherever I take them!
36 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.

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 King Arthur Unbleached 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 350° for 7-9 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire racks

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Chocolate Oatmeal Stars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • to cool. Yield: about 3 dozen.
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.