December 13 – Cookies!

I know why I love Classic Elite Yarns so much…I think they may be as crazy as me. I was surprised earlier this week by this fantastic Christmas gift!

By the taste and appearance we believe these to be homemade cookies. We’re used to getting the usual business gifts but nothing like this.
I can see Betsy and crew making a zillion cookies. Andi and Heather cutting them out, Patti baking them and Jim carefully putting the sprinkles on the top. And I thought only I was crazy enough to take on an endeavor like this.
Either that or they found a really good bakery.
Usually I put the corporate food out to share, but these were so good I took them home. They won’t last long.
Cookies are my favorite dessert of all, other than caramel and crème brûlée. Several seasons ago I shared my Christmas Cookie recipe. You can find it linked in the recipe tab at the upper menu.
But if you are wanting to make cookies for a crowd, this isn’t the recipe to use. My go-to recipe for mega doses of cookies is this chocolate chip/oatmeal combination.
Back before the internet, memes managed to maneuver their way around. One of the most traveled memes back in the day was the Neiman Marcus (aka Mrs. Fields) cookie recipe. The story was someone’s friend ordered the recipe advertised in a newspaper or magazine ad thinking it cost $2.50 but it was really $250. So instead of doing the reasonable thing like contacting their credit card company, they gave it away to everyone they knew.  I guess so they could get their $250 worth.  I know, the entire story makes no sense but people from coast-to-coast fell for it.
And this recipe was passed to me from this meme. I’ve changed it around a bit, but it makes a darn good cookie and a lot of them too.
You would think with the internet giving us access to debunk stupid stories like this, memes would not get passed around like back in the old days. But no, they are even more prevalent today. Just goes to show you there is a sucker born every second millisecond!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mix together 2 cups butter, 2 cups sugar, and 2 cups brown sugar until light and fluffy.
Add 4 eggs and 2 tablespoons vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine 4 cups flour, 5 cups oatmeal, 1/2 tablespoon salt, 2 tablespoons baking powder and 2 tablespoons soda
Slowly add dry ingredients until combined.
Add 24oz chocolate chips and 1 lb chopped walnuts or pecans*, mixing by hand.
Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet. Tablespoon sized balls will yield 120 cookies.
Bake @ 375˚ for 6-8 minutes.
*Mason & I like them without nuts, so I bake the first half sans nuts then add 1/2 lb to the remaining dough for everyone else!

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