Oatmeal Cookies

Makes about 48 cookies. Adapted by Dianne Gaines from Quaker Oats recipe.

1 stick plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened

¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt, optional

3 cups uncooked oats (quick or old-fashioned)

1 cup Craisins

½ cup chopped pecans

½ cup shredded coconut

1. Heat oven to 350 F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy.

2. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.

3. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt (if using); mix well.

4. Add oats and Craisins, mix well. Add pecans and coconut, mix well.

5. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonsful onto ungreased cookie sheets.

6. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.