These cookies are confetti for the mouth! They feature crispy edges with a soft chewy center. Clear the cupboard means you can add a little bit of anything your heart desires, so let your imagine run free. BONUS: They freeze perfectly for easy individual snacking!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Add shortening to a large bowl. Beat with a hand held mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Add granulated and light brown sugars until well blended. Add eggs and continue mixing to incorporate.
In a separate large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and oats. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating after each addition.
Gently stir in coconut, cereal, vanilla, and all other optional ingredients.
Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet about 3-inches apart. Cookies will need room to spread out during baking. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until edges are light and golden, but not browned. You don't want to overcook the bottom.
Carefully place cookies on cooling rack. They will be delicate until they have had time to set.
Freezer Friendly: What is better than a delicious fresh baked cookie anytime your mouth desires? These cookies freeze well for a quick and easy treat. Allow frozen dough to thaw for 10 to 15 minutes and then bake as usual. Cookie dough should be used within 6 months to guarantee freshness. For more information on freezing cookie dough, see detailed instructions at the top of this posting.