Friday, July 15, 2011

betty mae's oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

My grandma always made the best cookies.  At Christmastime she would make all sorts of varieties of cookies and it wasn't until I was grown and wanting to make plates of cookies that I realized how much work it was but she knew our family always looked forward to them.  I've always loved this cookie.
I took these cookies visiting teaching yesterday.  I left my older two kids home with a babysitter.  Did you hear that?  I just giggled.  Yes, it was great not to drag (yes, drag) four kids along.  They had a great time.  They played Pictionary (I never play that with them).  Then ate a cookie.  They played on the neighbor's swing.  Then ate a cookie.  They played ball outside.  Then ate a cookie.  This went on for 2 1/2 hours!  What could possibly be better than that- for everyone?!

betty mae's oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (my dear grandma)
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
3 cups oats
1/2 cup each raisins and chocolate chips
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup nuts, optional
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 tablespoon vanilla

Cream  shortening and sugars.  Add everything else except for the raisins and chocolate chips and mix until well mixed.  Add raisins and chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

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