Ice cream is always a simple and satisfying dessert, and with the many intriguing flavors…
A story goes with these cookies… In February 1979 the Cal Poly Construction Engineering students (known as ConE’s) held their 2nd Annual Bake-Off competition. Rosie (a Home Ec student at the time) thought it was a scam — free cookies and a date with the judges, oh riiight! But the night before the contest she whipped up these cookies. The mixture of dried fruit, nuts and coconut in the cookies inspired the name, since ConE’s should know about aggregate concrete (a mixture). Her recipe ‘officially’ placed 3rd in the most original category, and her blind date for the bake-off winners’ dinner was ConE Bernie Mark. He says she won 1st place. He’s right! xoxo Rosie 🙂
Oat Aggregate Cookies
- 1 cup salted butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp grated orange zest
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup wheat germ* optional
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup chopped walnuts toasted, optional
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened flaked coconut
- Preheat oven to 350F. Beat butter and sugars until creamy. Beat in eggs, orange zest, and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, stir together flour, wheat germ, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Add to wet ingredients and mix well.
- Gradually mix in oats. Stir in walnuts, chocolate chips, raisins, apricots, and coconut.
- Drop 2 tablespoon scoops 2 inches apart onto ungreased or parchment lined baking sheets. Bake about 15 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Cool on pan 2 minutes. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely.