Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies--After

The cookies are a family recipe. I have no idea where my mother got the recipe from (I rather suspect a very old, battered, cookbook that survived being half buried in mud, but I digress...) but for as long as I can remember these were the only oatmeal cookies we ever made.

I often (as I did this time) add in chocolate chips, but they certainly aren't necessary for a delicious result. The coconut makes for a soft, moist cookie (even my coconut hating college roommate loved these) and the cinnamon gives them an bit of a lift beyond the ordinary.

1 cup Shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
2 cups oatmeal (NOT instant)
1 cup coconut
1 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cream shortening and sugars together.
Add eggs beat well.
Add vanilla, cinnamon, and baking soda mix together.
Add flour, oatmeal, and coconut; mix together well.
Drop by rounded teaspoon on cookie sheet. (Or just buy one of the most ridiculous sounding but handy kitchen gadgets ever.)

Note: If using a standard cookie sheet you'll need to grease it. Air bake sheets require no greasing and produce a softer cookie.

Bake @ 375F for 10-12 minutes. Makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies. (Using my nifty cookie scoop I got exactly 48 cookies out of this batch).

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:21 AM

    Favouriting this! they look great! I dont like cookies that are too chwy and they look fine :D


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