30 March 2011

Timeless Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies


Catching Up With Spring

How time flies! March arrives, I give my clock a gentle push forward to meet the demands of DST, and the hours break into a run over the peaks and valleys of that unpredictable course called springtime. Ever challenged in the realm of keeping time, I have found myself falling behind and slightly out of sync ever since.

Still, we have weathered a few more transitions at my house in recent weeks. My daughter has moved back to college for another quick quarter and my youngest son is meeting the demands of his spring sports schedule and telling me he is too busy for anything I have in mind for him. Cold winter days spent in the kitchen baking and sipping Hot Chocolate are quickly fading into memories flowing downstream in the river of time. Stepping back from the swift current I think how it seems like just last week my children were small and eager to spend another afternoon in the kitchen with me, baking cookies.

Sweet Memories

Though I lack company in the kitchen lately there is still a call for cookies if I’ll bake them. I still enjoy the process though the fussy demands of rolling out our favorite Sugar Cookie dough often gives way to the simplicity of dropping easy-to-make Meringue Cookies onto a single baking sheet to pop in the oven and our well-loved recipe for Snickerdoodles, has been replaced by a softer version that is baked in one 9 x 13 pan before being cut into squares.

Another long time family favorite is this recipe for a variation on Chocolate Chip Cookies. Do you remember these? This recipe circulated way back in the 1980’s. I have several different versions. One says it is the secret recipe for Mrs. Field's cookies. Another says it is a recipe they were charged $250 for in the Zodiac Room at Neiman Marcus. Both stories are untrue. Still it is a good cookie and the perfect recipe when you want to make a large quantity of cookies that most everyone will like in just one batch. These are dependable as snacks, when feeding a crowd of hungry teenagers or taking something sweet to share at an event. They might also bring a smile of recognition and a memory or two to those who have been baking for decades.


Timeless Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
from various nostalgic sources

2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups flour
5 cups oatmeal (processed to a fine powder)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
24 ounces chocolate chips
1 8-oz Hershey chocolate bar, grated
3 cups chopped nuts

Cream butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla.

Mix together flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add to egg mixture stirring just until combined.

Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar and nuts.

Roll dough into rounded teaspoonfuls or rounded Tablespoonfuls, depending on your favorite sized cookie. Bake in 375 degree oven 8-12 minutes.

Makes lots.

Enjoy!

5 comments:

Alanna Kellogg said...

Haven't made these in years. Did I get the recipe from you?

Lisa said...

Actually, I think I got the Mrs. Fields version from you! I think the story about the recipe coming from the Zodiac Room at Neiman Marcus was in an article that I clipped from the Dallas Morning News many years ago. It referenced the same recipe and assured us the story wasn't true.

Whatever the source, the cookies still bake into pretty circles (mine never quite as uniform as yours :-) and everyone, even my youngest, seems to love them.

grace said...

it's cookie time in blog world--they're everywhere! i love oatmeal in cookies--the hearty texture is so enjoyable. nice recipe and commentary. :)

scmom (Barbara) said...

I love that recipe -- they really are so very good.

Zupan's Markets said...

Classic delicious-ness!