Monday, March 1, 2010

Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies live up to their name. Kevin was quite thrilled about them and I, of course, loved them too!

1 cup butter, softened (or ½ cup shortening and ½ cup margarine)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ¼ to 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
11/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in the quick oats, walnuts, and chocolate chips.
Refrigerate dough (if using butter)
Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 8-9 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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