Family recipes are the source of such fantastically complete memories; full of taste, smell, sights and sounds. I’m very fortunate to have many of these treasures. I have an old issue of The Joy of Cooking that has been passed down through the generations. Among it’s aged and sometimes food spotted pages is the handwriting of many of the wonderful people who make up my family history. My Great Grandmother’s ‘Favorite’ Chocolate Cake is simple, old-fashioned deliciousness. My Grandad’s recipe for stuffing made with pork sausage, sage and mushrooms is my go-to turkey stuffing. It’s savory goodness offers the perfect texture; not to wet, not to dry. Another of my favorite holiday classics is my Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie. Every time I make it I can vividly remember her showing me how to pinch the crust and ‘fold’ rather than stir in the evaporated milk.
By far though, the recipe that first comes to mind when I think of family recipes is my Mom’s Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. I have probably eaten these cookies a 100 times in my life – at least. They are so good, especially eaten right out of the oven. They are crunchy on the outside and gooey in the middle and I like them chock full of nuts.
I’m sure many of you will be baking cookies at some point during this holiday season so I’m sharing the recipe for my Mom’s Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies below. There’s an easy PRINT button so feel free to make your own copy and slip it between the splattered pages of your go-to cookbook.
I grew up on these cookies and they are wonderfully tasty; crunchy on the outside and gooey in the middle. Enjoy
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a cookie tray with parchment paper.
Cream together the two sugars and shortening until creamy
Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and hot water. Stir.
Add the sifted flour, baking soda and salt. Stir.
Add the oatmeal, chocolate chips and nuts. Stir.
Drop rounded tablespoon sized dough onto the prepared cookie tray. The more dough you have the more it will spread out/flatten.
Bake on the center rack for about 12 minutes. Remove from cookie tray when cool.
It’s a little more difficult to feel Fall in this part of Arizona…15 December, 2017