Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Handmade Christmas: Baking Part 2

For some people, it's not Christmas without cookies. The last recipe I shared was a quick and easy bread recipe, but here is a favorite cookie recipe of mine. It's easy, too, no waiting on your butter to soften and accidentally melting it in the microwave trying to hurry it up. It uses shortening instead. This also keeps the cookies quite moist!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup butter flavored shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
2 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Blend shortening and sugars. Adds eggs and water, then vanilla. Sift flour, salt, and soda together, then add to wet ingredients. Add oatmeal and chocolate chips. You can mix it all by hand or use a hand held blender or stand mixer. Your choice.

Drop onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 12-14 minutes, although our oven can take up to 16 minutes. All ovens will vary. Should make 3 to 4 dozen cookies, depending on the size (and how much cookie dough you like to eat while making these!)

And I promise to provide a few ideas for packaging, but I haven't had time to take any pictures of what I use, yet.

And I got a great tip from a friend on a gift for the guys...sometimes the hardest to buy for. Stay tuned.

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