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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    6 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups 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 sweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, zest 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.
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  • dollargirl
    Aug 30, 2014

    Delicious! I have sometimes substituted lemon and orange extracts for the grated peel when I don't have lemons and oranges on hand.

  • TNVols
    Dec 18, 2012

    These are awesome. The only thing I would do differently is add more nuts. The taste of citrus made them pop.

  • jcmovin
    Mar 19, 2011

    My 91 year old mother just made this receipt and said it was the best cookie she has ever eaten. So...I decided to go on line and print out the receipe to make for my co-workers.*****

  • jcmovin
    Mar 19, 2011

    My 91 year old mother just made this receipt and said it was the best cookied she has ever eaten. So...I decided to go on line and print out the receipe to make for my co-workers.

  • sunrunner68
    Feb 28, 2011

    I don't know who took the photo, because if you follow the recipe to the letter they do NOT come out looking like this... they're much flatter and chewier. If you want them too look like the photo add more flour.Now that that is said... These cookies are AWESOME! It's a new twist (for me anyway) on the old oatmeal raisin cookie. I'll never make them the old way again!

  • Vkruzin
    Jan 12, 2011

    These cookies just blew everyone away that tasted them. With every bite you are able to something different. I made these as Christmas gifts and now it's after the holidays and I am still getting requests for them!