Ready for more cookies?!

Hot out of the oven…BIG, chunky, chewy, soft cookies. BB is looking for his glass of milk now!

Why am I now thinking of Cookie Monster, my most favorite Sesame Street character…besides, Grover and the Swedish Cook?

Old, Old, OLD recipe.  I was a newlywed and we had just moved to West Texas.  I knew about 2 people in the entire town.  One of them lived down the road…a warm, friendly lady who happened to the mom of one of my best friends at college.  Which is how we ended up in West Texas.  My friend’s daddy was also the school board president who was looking for a history teacher in the middle of the year.  Weird huh?  i thought so too, but it seems the prior teacher had just quit.  Couldn’t take it anymore.  Yikes!  So they called us and seeing as how Big Boss had just come home from basic training in CA and had been medically discharged, he was more than happy to take the job!!

Sigh.  West Texas.  One hundred long miles from home.  Sigh.  And I was PG.  Just barely.  And throwing my toenails up, all day every day.  What a way to make a new start?!!  But thanks to the nice people in that West Texas town, I was made more than  welcome and found new friends and a new church and lots and lots of new recipes.  And I still use them.  Often.

One of the first was oatmeal cookies.  I had walked down to my friend’s mom’s after a long long day of hanging my head over the toilet and BB was out working on a ranch after school that day.  So I was lonely.  Anyway, I got to the house juuuussstttt as she pulled out a cookie sheet of just baked oatmeal cookies.  OH MY GOSH were they good.  And yummy.  And, best of all, I could keep them down.  Wouldn’t you know.  Cookies that didn’t make me sick.

She graciously gave me the recipe and I headed home to make cookies!!! Yay!!  Something to do besides be sick!

For years and years, I made those cookies.  My mother-in-law, arguably one of the best cooks alive, even asked for my recipe!  Wow!!  They must be really good?!  BB’s basketball team requested them for every away game right up to the State championship game.  Those cookies were part of the team!  They helped those tough West Texas gals win too!

And then we moved back to the farm where I continued to make my oatmeal cookies that had now been refined a bit. My mother-in-law taught me how to bake soft, gooey cookies…undercook them, add a bit more flour, more vanilla, a tad more salt and keep air away from them.  Right.  Got it.

And then one day I was browsing through my stained, ratty cookbook that I had made right before I got married and huh, lookie there.  My mother’s refrigerator oatmeal cookie recipe that she made all through my childhood.  The refrigerator part meant you mixed the cookies up, then rolled them into a log, put them in the “icebox”/refrigerator to chill, them sliced them up thin and baked them till they were crunchy.  Could you believe it?!  It was the same exact recipe that my friend had given me in West Texas, except for the refrigerator and slicing part!  I was shell-shocked.  I had the recipe all along and didn’t know it.  Color me whatever color DUH is.

So here it is, slightly altered through the years but still BB’s favorite cookie.  He likes raisins in them.  I don’t…I like pecans in mine. So I don’t put anything extra in them.  Sort of a compromise.  OK, sometimes I cave and throw raisins in but I won’t eat them.  Really.  Honest I don’t!

Oatmeal Cookies 

Mother and Nelia

1 cup shortening, butter flavored or 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup shortening 🙂

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 Tablespoon vanilla

1 teaspoon soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups flour

3 cups Quick/instant oats

Cream the shortening with the sugars.  Add the eggs and beat till fluffy.  Add dry ingredients in the order of the recipe.  Depending on the size of your mixer, you may need to stir in the oatmeal by hand as this makes a pretty stiff dough.  My 6 qt. KitchenAid handles a double recipe fine but my old Sunbeam could barely handle a single recipe.  You might consider asking for a nice big KitchenAid for Christmas.  They are worth every dime!

Off track…drop by a tablespoon or a cookie  scoop on to an ungreased cookie sheet.  BTW, do NOT skimp on cookie sheets.  Get good ones and they will last a lifetime.  I bought the insulated kind years ago. I scrub them down about once year with a stainless steel scrubber and they shine right up.  There’s no brand name on them and I have NO clue where I bought them.  All I know is they make good cookies and never burn the bottoms.  They might overcook because the cookie baker forgot to take them out but that’s not the cookie sheet’s fault.

OK we have cookies on the cookie sheet.  Put them in a 350° oven for 8-10 minutes.  Watch them the first time for browness.  Every oven is different. And be sure you put them in the middle of the oven..not the top rack or the bottom rack because we all know what you’ll get doing silly things like that!

Once they’re done, take them out of the oven and let them cool a bit on the cookie sheet…I usually set mine a wire rack or a burner on my electirc stove top (make sure the burner is NOT on) After 5 mins. or so, remove them carefully with a flipper/spatual thingy and place them on a wire rack to cool completely.  One way to be absolutely sure they are cool is to quickly eat one.  Sure fire test!

 Store in airtight bag or container and hope there are cookies left the next day.  These things are deadly warm.  Although I will say, the oatmeal cookie dough just doesn’t rock my boat.  At all.  Now chocolate chip cookie dough or sugar cookie dough are irresistible.

And I have never in my entire life made a single recipe of any cookie dough.  Ever.  Why would you do that?  They freeze well.  Everyone loves them so you can give them away if you’re afraid you’ll gorge yourself on them.  So go for broke and make a double recipe.  That’s pretty much my philosophy on  all recipes.  Why do just one when you’ve got everything out and the kitchen is messed up anyway?  Any arguments out there?!!  😀

Last but certainly not least….

 

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12 Responses to Ready for more cookies?!

  1. phylly3 says:

    That’s good enough for me too! Nom nom nom nom! :o)

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  2. Kitty says:

    Our church is feeding the hotel residents tomorrow & it’s my lot to make cookies. Think I’ll load the little Princesses into the Mawmie van, head to the grocery, try a batch & see if I can wow ’em w/ your M & N Oatmeal cookies .

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    • The Queen says:

      Yay, Kitty!! Happy baking and let me know what you think. I’d love to send some cookies to help out..they might be a bit late tho! Love the “Mawmie van”!!

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  3. Melinda says:

    Well, I’m learning all kinds of things about you and that West Texas town! I didn’t know–or didn’t remember–how you and BB ended up out there three or four years before us. Now I am trying to figure out the college roommate mom’s identity. Thanks for the recipes–getting them all together for when kids and grands invade us for a long Father’s Day weekend.

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  4. The Queen says:

    Really? I gues I thought you knew that those West Texas “monsters” had run off the teacher…actually, we discovered that those monsters were not monsters at all. The teacher just didn’t know how to teach and discilpline!! It was mid-December and we had just celebrated our first anniversary in Nov. when we decided to head west!

    Actually the friend wasn’t a roommate…we worked together in the Student Aid Office at Howard Payne for nearly 4 years. Remember I was a hometown girl and couldn’t afford to live in the dorm, so our move to RL was my first time EVER away from home! But I loved it..it was my first adventure!!!

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  5. Fancy Nancy says:

    A thought on the compromise of raisins vs pecans. Takes more time, but I have done this. After you drop the dough on the cookie sheet, poke in some raisins in some and pecans in others. Would that work with this recipe? 🙂

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  6. The Queen says:

    Absolutely would work. Except I’m usually in such a hurry to “git ‘er done” . I have done half raisins and half pecans or plain too. Getting lazy in my old age!!

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  7. Fancy Nancy says:

    Of course….just divide the dough and add to each! I usually forget before I drop the cookies, though! These look good….will have to try sometime.

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    • The Queen says:

      You know what?!! I bet if you check your mom’s recipe book, you’ll find the same recipe for oatmeal cookies? I have MANY recipes attributed to your mom! Swiped them out of my mom’s!! 😀

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  8. Kitty says:

    So, my Prince was on the night shift Saturday. When he left home @ 5:15 to go to work, I was in the kitchen stirring up a batch of these “I think I just ate cookies baked by the chef who’s going to cook for the marriage supper of The Lamb” cookies. Then I stirred up another batch, replacing the oats w/ chocolate chips. One day I’m going to replace the shortening w/ peanut butter, leaving out both oats and chips. I think it just might work. Thanks again for sharing!

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    • The Queen says:

      OOooo…I have another cookie I’ll bet he’ll like…Buffalo Chip cookies! Flax seed, oatmeal, choc. chips, pecans…and a bunch of other ingredients…makes HUGE cookies that are SO yummy!! You are an adventurous little chef now aren”t you?!! 🙂

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