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Jun 11

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans


Krystal Keith photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal

You may know Krystal Keith as the singer of the sweet father/daughter wedding dance song, “Daddy Dance With Me,” which she wrote for her own wedding as a surprise for dad Toby Keith. Or maybe you know her from her official debut single, “Get Your Redneck On.” [Get it here!] But did you know she’s also super talented in the kitchen? Krystal’s been creating delicious meals from family recipes for years and featuring them in her blog, The Barnyard Bistro. Every week she shares her favorites exclusively with Great American Country!

“This is a recipe I adapted from my Momma Mac’s Oatmeal Cookies. Everything is the same except the nuts and chocolate chips, which I added just because I like a lot of texture in my oatmeal cookies. One of the things I love about using my Momma Mac’s recipes is that she compares everything to the size of the black walnut. [My grandparents] lived on a farm in Arkansas called Cactus Ridge Farm, and they had an abundance of black walnut trees. So, if it doesn’t refer to making something the size of a black walnut, it contains black walnuts. I don’t really remember how big a black walnut is, so I always just go with a bit bigger than a regular walnut. I get all sentimental when I come across a recipe like this that let’s me be a part of her thought process and reminds me how similar my style of cooking is to her’s… ‘a little bit of this, a smidgen of that. Hell, let’s throw some of this in there for fun!’ This is what family recipes are about. I know you will love these insanely sinful cookies as much as me and my husband do. Just don’t forget to set the kitchen timer if you are scatterbrained like me. I burned a batch today!”


Photo by Krystal Keith

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 Tbsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups oats
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Cream together butter and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Slowly incorporate into butter mixture and beat until creamed. Mix in oats, chocolate chips and pecans. Make black walnut-sized balls (a little over an inch in diameter is what I go with) and place on a greased cookie sheet (or a sheet covered in parchment paper). Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.


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