Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Best Oatmeal Cookies

For me, cookies are just a chocolate delivery vehicle.  But John is weird.  He likes peanut butter cookies and oatmeal cookies, in that order. And something weirder about his favorite oatmeal cookies?  No cinnamon and no raisins. But let me tell you, they are just good!  They're thin and so chewy.  We love them!

This is the recipe his mom always made for him, so while he was out on Saturday afternoon, the girls and I whipped these up as an early Valentine's Day surprise.

Greta's Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup shortening (I sometimes use butter if I don't have shortening in the house)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups oats (not quick cooking)

Cream shortening and sugars together with electric mixer until fluffy.  Add vanilla and eggs.  Sift together dry ingredients and add to mixer.  Drop by tablespoons onto cookie sheet and cook at 350 for 11-12 minutes.  Let cool on sheet to keep them chewy.