Valentine’s Day is this Friday, so the girlies are eager to make cards and give gifts. We’re planning to visit the nursing home where their 91 year old great grandfather resides. While there, we’ll distribute homemade cards to the residents.
Since Granddad has a sweet tooth, we always like to bring sweet treats when we visit him. When we arrive at the nursing home later this week, we’ll be bringing a tin full of homemade chocolate chip cookies. Our visit, coupled with these homemade chocolate chip cookies, are guaranteed to brighten his day.
Chocolate chip cookies are one of the easiest and most delicious cookies we make here. For years, my standard chocolate chip cookie recipe was the Nestle Tollhouse recipe. That recipe yields pretty good cookies, but the recipe I’m sharing with you today exceeds the standard and creates cookies worthy of a blue ribbon! I’ve taken these cookies to playdates, family gatherings, barbecues, and cookie exchanges. They are always a hit!
My favorite thing about these cookies is that they turn out just the way I like: with slightly crisped edges and a bit of chew in the middle. The secret to this recipe is the addition of oatmeal which gives the cookies a slightly nutty flavor. Whether eaten warm and fresh from the oven or enjoyed just before bedtime with a glass of milk, these cookies are always a welcome treat.
Do you love someone with a sweet tooth? A homemade gift always makes an especially loving statement. This Valentine’s Day, why not show love with the gift of homemade chocolate chip cookies? I bet you’ll make someone really happy!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups finely ground oatmeal (oatmeal that’s been blended until powdery)
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
Add baking soda, hot water, and salt.
Stir in flour, oatmeal, and chocolate chips.
Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.
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