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Friday, June 8, 2012

Coconut Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

I had jury duty for the first time yesterday.


You can see my excitement.

 Truthfully, I was the opposite of excited to go and do my civic duty.  I saw it as something that took up my entire day with minimal benefits.  Surprisingly, I actually ended really enjoying myself and discovering a personal benefit that I never expected.

I have a very abstract view of what being a lawyer will be like, mostly accrued from episodes of The Good Wife and Law & Order SVU.  Jury duty gave me a chance to really see what my future as a lawyer will hold.  While most of the other jurors found the case boring, I thought it was absolutely thrilling to watch these lawyers work.  It's verbal sparring in its finest form.

This entire experience has made me even more impatient to start law school.  I can't wait to immerse myself in my studies, and to one day be standing on the other side of the courtroom.

Speaking of law school, I had lunch with my future roommate earlier this week.  We talked through many of the living-together-topics, and my baking came up.  I told her that we would always have some sort of baked good in the house, and she definitely wasn't complaining!  Let me tell you, I am going to be so happy to have someone else to eat my baking besides me.

I made these last week for a friend's housewarming party, and they were a huge hit.  I only have a few left in the freezer and am trying to ration them so I don't finish them all in one weekend!

Coconut Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies


Ingredients:

1/2 pound butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soka
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups oats (any type)
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl mix together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  Set aside.  In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.  Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until blended.  Mix in the vanilla extract.

Mix the flour mixture in with two batches, mixing until just combined.  Fold in the coconut and chocolate chips.  Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto a prepared cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes.


                       

18 comments:

  1. I told you that you would love jury duty! I remember being a junior in college and getting to go to court for the first time. Even the dull stuff was fascinating.

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    1. Completely! I don't even know if the lawyers are any good, but I'm in awe of them.

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  2. Super cute pic ;)

    As for the cookies, I LOVE coconut and also love oats in cookies. Double win.

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  3. Love these! Coconut in oatmeal cookies is one of my favorites!

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    1. Thank you!! I love coconut with oatmeal cookies, too. You should try mixing it with hot oatmeal!

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  4. I love theese cookies! I'll try and do it!

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    1. Definitely try them!! They're super easy :D

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  5. A roommate who's always baking!? I don't think anyone could say no to that!

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    1. Haha, very true!! I used to joke that my old roommates were my taste-testers. I made them try everything, lol.

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  6. These look really great!
    LOL, I can see why you were so excited, I would be too. =)

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  7. I've never been called for jury duty, but always wondered what it would be like! Sounds like you are ready for law school! How soon does it start??!?!?

    These cookies look seriously amazing! I love oatmeal cookies!

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    1. I start at the end of August, so I still have some time!

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  8. I have never been called for jury duty and Tony has been called up twice now. I think that's so strange. I think people would be ok with doing it if they didn't have to deal with the unorganized craziness.

    Those cookies look amazing!

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  9. I know a lot of the people with me don't like having to miss work. I'm not working this summer, so for me it's really no sacrifice to go up there.

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  10. I always say I know a lot about law and lawyers because of Law and Order, my family might make fun of me... :)

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    1. Haha, it definitely is a bit of an awakening when you're actually in the court. A lot is different!

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