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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Jumbo Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sigh!!  It's the day before school starts and I don't know where the summer went.  Summertime seems to be idling by then all of a sudden it's time to meet teachers, buy supplies, shop for shoes and start the annual taxi service to school.  And this year, just for a little added enjoyment (not), our daughters are going to not 1, not 2, but 3 different schools, and each of them will have a different start and dismissal time.  Sigh!!  I'm sure sometime in the next week I will feel like I'm driving in the Indy 500.

So to get this year started I wanted to send the kids to school with something tasty in their lunch boxes, but also something a bit healthy.  The original recipe called for raisins and pecans (which you could always add), but since we only had the chips on hand, that's what we used. 

These cookies are jumbo, about 3 inches across, but they are not overly sweet.  Just a good oatmeal flavor with little pockets of jumbo chocolate chips hiding inside.  This is seriously one of the best oatmeal cookie recipes I've ever tried and I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

1 cup  Butter (2 sticks) softened
1 cup  Brown Sugar, packed
1 cup  Sugar
2  Eggs
1 1/2 tsp  Vanilla
2 cups  Flour
1 tsp  Baking Soda
1/2 tsp  Salt
3 cups  Old-Fashioned Oatmeal
1 1/3 cups  Jumbo Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl or using a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar.  Beat in the  eggs and vanilla and blend.  Add the flour, baking soda and salt to the butter mixture and stir until combined.

Pour in the oats and blend once more.  Add the chocolate chips and use a spoon or spatula to blend the dough by hand.

Drop 1/4-cup scoops of dough onto the lined cookie sheets and press down on the dough slightly to flatten.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until set.  Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then move them to a wire rack to cool completely.  Makes about 24 jumbo cookies.  Enjoy!!

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