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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!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded 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 to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 113 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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