No wonder I thought this month was going on forever. Someone threw an extra day in here. We might as well make cookies!
You just have to have cookies on hand. Someone important might stop by, like the cute UPS guy or my funny mail lady, Vicki, and Glenn that reads my electric meter. These people work hard and they need cookies. Of course there is always my brother, he needs food all the time. To be honest, I'm trying to use up leftover ingredients from Christmas cookies. These are very easy and delicious. Plus the cookie dough freezes beautifully.
11 dozen (they are small cookies)
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
1 1/2 cups raisins
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, beat the shortening, butter, and brown sugar together until smooth. Beat in the eggs, then stir in the buttermilk and vanilla. Blend the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a small bowl; stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until incorporated. Stir in the coconut, nuts, raisins, and chocolate chips. Drop by level half-tablespoons onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes, until the cookies are puffed and slightly brown. Cool on a rack. Cookies keep well in an airtight tin.