Classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields approximately 20-24 cookies (depending on how big you like them, I like bigger cookies so I get fewer).
As this is the first real post of my blog, it had to be a good one! And what could be better than a many years old, classic cookie recipe? My mother used to make a version of these every week for us during our younger school years and I can still remember the smell of the house while they were baking. It is forever etched into my memories of "home".
There is almost nothing better for the body (maybe not pant size) and the soul than a really good homemade cookie.
***Disclaimer: All recipes are made at high altitude, you may need to make adjustments for lower altitudes.***
3/4 c shortening
1/4 c softened butter
3/4 c brown sugar
3/4 c white sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 2/3 c flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 c rolled oats
1 - 2 c chocolate chips (your preference, but the more the merrier I always say!)
Preheat your oven to 350°
Using your standing mixer and paddle attachment, combine; shortening, butter, brown sugar, white sugar, whip hard for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
Add in vanilla and eggs, combine well.
Add in flour, cinnamon, soda, salt, and oats until JUST combined. Do not over-mix.
Add chocolate chips, mix until JUST combined.
Use a spatula to fully scrape the bottom of the bowl and be sure the bottom is as combined as the top.
Using 2 spoons or a 1 or 2 TBS cookie scoop, scoop them onto your pans. As you can see, I make a larger cookie so I only do 2 a line. For a smaller cookie, you can fit 3 a line.
Bake for approx. 10 - 12 minutes until slightly golden on the edges but soft in the center.
Let sit for 1 or 2 minutes, use a metal spatula to transfer to a paper towel or a cooling rack.
Enjoy! I also recommend a thorough quality control bite before sharing with anyone in your family. :)
Lastly, we are a smaller family of 2 1/2 people, so I generally keep out 4 or 5 cookies at a time and I freeze the rest. That way I can get them out gradually so they stay fresh and chewy for several weeks!
Until next time... Stay safe, be well.
Photography by Jessie Alice Smith