Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Cookies. Need I say more...
Don't let the mundane, everyday look of these cookies fool you. They're the perfect, homey, oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. True story. Hallelujah.
Once these are given a chance, the taster realizes the awesomeness that they are.
I've been using this same recipe since I was a teenager and made cookies every Sunday afternoon. Then I left the mess in the kitchen. And my mom would tell me to clean the kitchen. 20 times. Then I would be doing the dishes at 10 o'clock at night because I thought I could outlast my mom and that maybe she would forget that I was supposed to do the dishes and I would be off the hook. Now I do the same thing to my kids. I've turned into my mother.
Family Favorite Oatmeal Cookies (adapted from a Quaker Oatmeal recipe)
2 cups shortening
2 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
6 cups quick or rolled (old fashioned) oats
2 cups walnuts
3 cups chocolate chips (I like mine extra chocolatey)
Cream shortening, white sugar and brown sugar until slightly fluffy. Blend in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. Mix in flour, salt, and baking soda. Stir in oatmeal, walnuts and chocolate chips. Roll into small balls (or use a cookie scoop) and place on cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork if you think you need to. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, but do not over bake. Take out of oven when they look slightly underdone and let them sit on cookie sheet for 1 or 2 minutes to set up.
To quote the cookie monster, "C is for Cookie, that's good enough for me."