Who doesn't like big, fat, chunky, crunchewy chocolate chips cookies, with a glass of ice cold milk?
I know that my just busted daughter Ashton does as she just got caught snatching some of the milk and a cookie before I got my pictures taken! Half the time I can't get food settings ready to photograph without my kids finding their way to it first.
Yeah, she thinks it's hilarious.
It was. Kind of.
The first time I had these, Shawn's Mom made them to sell in a garage sale we had to raise a little money for our upcoming wedding. That was 25 years ago. My Mom always made cookies with pecans in them when I was growing up. I think these were the first ones I'd had with walnuts. I know it's a personal preference but I prefer the walnuts over pecans. Some of my favorite recipes come from my Mother-in-law and it's funny because she always says she doesn't like to cook.
Chocoloate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
(adapted from my MIL's recipe for Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookies)
2 1/4 Cups butter softened
2 Cups sugar
2 Cups brown sugar
5 cups oatmeal (ground in blender)
4 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup Ghiraldelli sweet ground chocolate or 1 Hershey bar melted
12 oz milk chocolate chips or chunks
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
1-2 cup chopped walnuts (optional...I usually use two cups)
Cream together butter and sugars. Mix in eggs. Add vanilla, mix. Add dry ingredients a little at a time and blend. Stir in chocolate and nuts. Sometimes I use all semi-sweet chocolate buy my family likes them best when I mix milk chocolate with the semi-sweet. for this batch I broke a big Hershey bar into chunks along with the semi sweet chips.
Roll into golf sized balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet (about 6-8 per sheet). Slightly flatten. Sometimes...well most of the time actually...I make ginormous cookies about twice this size. There's something fun about eating a cookie bigger than your head!
Bake at 350 for about 8-10 minutes until lightly golden brown on top.
This cookie dough is addictive by itself. It's so good mixed in with some vanilla icecream and our newest way we love to eat it is sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies that are cooked.
Enjoy warm with a big ole fashioned glass (or quart) of cold milk...
...like Ashtonelli did.
This is so random, but I know that if I don't bring it up now, some of you will. You'll email me to tell or ask what the heck it is and why the heck it's there...so let's play a type of Where's Waldo? Notice anything odd about the pic above and below?
I know you all have good eyes because you've emailed me before when something's amiss to let me know...like the time I had a book upside down on my bedroom dresser.
Tell me what you think it is...
...and I'll tell you just what and why it is in my next post!