Grandma Claire’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Grandma Claire’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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I have the most wonderful memories of eating these cookies, freshly-baked out of my Grandma’s oven as a child. There were so soft and chewy, and had chocolate in every bite, both from semi-sweet chocolate chips and a grated Hershey bar. Every time I make them now as an adult, I think back on those times, sitting on the counter in my Grandma’s kitchen and licking the wooden spoon free of cookie dough. We won’t get into the fact that I still lick the wooden spoon, and that I still can’t eat just one.

In a seriousness – give these cookies a try. Make sure you’ve got a big bowl, as it calls for a full pound (4 sticks!!) of butter, 4 cups of flour, and 5 cups of oatmeal. Warning: This recipe will not fit in a standard size Kitchen Aid Mixer. You’re better off mixing with a hand mixer in a large mixing bowl. Feel free to half the recipe – just don’t be mad when you only have half the amount of cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups softened butter
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 24 oz. chocolate chips
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated or chopped)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 cups chopped walnuts
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

  1. Cream the butter with the sugar and the brown sugar.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Incorporate all dry ingredients together.
  4. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until fully incorporated.
  5. Using a spoon, gently stir in the chocolate chips, Hershey bar and nuts.
  6. Roll into balls, and place 2-inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

Yield: 9 dozen cookies

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