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Spring Cleaning Cookies Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Spring Cleaning Cookies

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"I was cleaning out my kitchen cabinets and found several ingredients which needed to be used up and I came up with these chewy, coconut, oatmeal, chocolate chip, pecan cookies. "

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Original recipe makes 4 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    13 mins

    35 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the evaporated milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Mix in the oats, chocolate chips, coconut and pecans. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be spaced about 2 inches apart.
  3. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Cool slightly on cookie sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 15, 2011

Did you ever already know something was going to be good just by mixing up the dough or batter? This was one of those times for me. First, you're already a step ahead given the inviting array of ingredients - oatmeal, chocolate chips, pecans, coconut. I figured these were going to be rich and delicious, provided the dough turned out well, and it did. No wimpy, sissy cookie this! This is a hearty, chewy, flavorful cookie, with loads of contrasting textures. This is a perfect, old-fashioned, basic, lunch-box or cookie jar favorite. One worth making whether you're "spring cleaning" or not. I made no changes other than using half-and half for the evaporated milk- the recipe (and cookie!) is darn good, just as it stands, although there's plenty of room for improvising to include whatever's in your pantry. Just a word of caution - watch baking time carefully! I made fairly good-sized cookies and they were done in 10 minutes.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 26, 2010

I used walnuts (because that's what my spring cleaning turned up!) I also used regular milk so I wouldn't have a can of eval milk laying around. The dough is delicious (oops!) I baked these at 350 because I didn't read the recipe. This may have been why my cookies turned out very crumbly. They fell apart really easily. It made good ice cream topping though.

Mar 05, 2007

This recipe is definately a keeper! My family really enjoyed eating these cookies. I did make a few ingredient changes: Instead of using 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup shortening, I used 1 cup butter; instead of 2 TBSP evaporated milk, I used 2 TBSP 2% milk; and lastly instead of using 2 cups all-purpose flour, I used 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour. As another reviewer suggested, I baked for approximately 10 mins. They were 'too' yummy; it was hard to stop at one cookie. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Jul 23, 2003

I just made these after I saw the recipe, because I had a bunch of ingredients that needed to be used too. I overcooked the first sheet full, but I tasted one of those and they were pretty tasty even over-browned. A very good balance of flavors, and very easy to make. It helps to have a stand mixer that you can throw everything into instead of breaking your arm mixing it all yourself. Great cookies, Lisa!

Mar 27, 2009

Haha, I laughed when I saw these were called spring cleaning cookies because this really IS all the ingredients people have left over!! I had everything on the list so I decided to bake them regardless....GOOD DECISION!! I followed the recipe EXACTLY and they turned out beautifully. Baked one batch at 15 mins, and another at 13 to give a choice between chewy or crispy. Lovely!!!

Dec 08, 2009

I never tell anyone where I found this. As far as they know these are MY cookies. Keeping this one secret from the family, too good to share with them. Only one that doesn't like them is my mother and thats because she thinks no one can make anything better then her.

Jun 20, 2010

I added peanut butter to the butter and sugar mixture as well....

Jan 06, 2010

I have made a similar recipe, basically without the milk which I think makes them more "cake" like. I would make them again but without the milk.


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  • Calories
  • 144 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.4 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 13 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 8.2 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 81 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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