Outstanding Oatmeal Cookies

 

Around my house, oatmeal cookies are always a hit. It could be due to the fact that with these wonderful cookies, you can add just about anything and they taste great. It is one of the few types of cookies that if you want to add chocolate chips (milk or white, butterscotch chips, raisins, peanut butter, or nuts it simply makes it all better.

Ingredients and materials needed:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups flour
  • Chocolate chips—optional (can use white or milk chocolate)
  • Butterscotch chips—optional
  • 1 cup raisins—optional
  • 1/2 cup nuts—optional
  • 1 cup peanut butter—optional
  • Spoon
  • Soft plastic spatula
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • 2 or 3 cookie sheets
  • Electric mixer
  • Non-stick cooking spray

As you are preheating the oven to 375 degrees, get your mixing bowl, ingredients and hand mixer. You are now going to be mixing the various ingredients in the bowl. The first two ingredients that you are going to be blending are the sugar and shortening. Using the electric hand mixer, blend these ingredients until they have combined into a cream.

Now, after you have combined those ingredients into a cream, you are going to add the eggs and milk being sure that you completely mix everything together. The next step in this process is to sift together all of your dried ingredients. To sift, or gently blend, your dry ingredients, place them one by one into the medium mixing bowl.

After each ingredient is added, gently mix them together using a spoon or soft spatula. You are going to do this until you have added all the ingredients together, and you have what would look like a soft powder if it wasn't for the oats. Upon creating this powder, add the dry and wet ingredients together. Mix both ingredients, using the hand mixer, until smooth. Feel free at this time to also add any other tasty treat to your mix that you would like, such as chocolate chips, nuts or whatever. Then place the completed mix aside for the moment.

Grab your cookie sheets and your non-stick cooking spray. Using the spray, lightly grease the sheets to help prevent sticking, and burning when cooking. After this is done, spoon a generous amount of the mix on each baking sheet, and bake in the oven for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from heat, allow to cool (to avoid burning your mouth or hands), serve. This recipe makes between five and six dozen cookies, depending on how generous you are when spooning up the mix.

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