Monday, June 2, 2008

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are awesome and my 10 year old just made them all by himself. Yes, they're that easy. We bake when we're bored, can ya tell?

3/4 cup butter flavored shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups quick oats
1 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 bag chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cream together shortening and sugars. Add egg, milk, and vanilla and mix well. Sift together flour, soda, and salt and stir into wet ingredients. Stir in oats and 1/2 bag chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoon full onto greased baking sheet; bake approximately 10 minutes. When in doubt, undercook just a little. This makes about 2 1/2 dozen, but double the recipe if you want because they freeze very well.

No-Bake Cookies

We all need our chocolate fix, and oatmeal is supposed to be great for those of us nursing babies, so I figured I might as well post this recipe so that there is an easy place to find it, right? It's very simple and yummy, just follow the directions precisely and they'll come out perfect every time.

2 cups granulated sugar
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup milk
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups quick oats

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except oats. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches a rolling boil. Allow to boil, still stirring constantly, for a minimum of 90 seconds. Remove from heat and immediately stir in oats. Drop by tablespoons full onto waxed paper and allow to set up for 30-40 minutes. Makes about 2 dozen.