Coming up for Memorial Day weekend, my bff is coming out for a wedding, to rent out her old apartment, and to see me! In preparation, I'm doing a little cooking and cleaning. The thing about my friend Monica is that she LOVES homemade cooking whenever she can get it. I could tell you stories about her bad cooking, so she begs and pleads for "down home" food whenever she is around. I am proud to say though that she is dabbling with cooking and has figured out a few recipes for herself.
Since I can't exactly cook meals a week in advance--well, I could, but I don't want to freeze them--I'm making oatmeal cookies today. These cookies are genius, and they freeze really well. You can whip up a batch, throw them in a freezer bag, and pull them out for that yummy cookie fix at any time. I know she loves her mom's oatmeal cookies and I probably can't compare, but I do have a great recipe that will fit the bill!
Back before I finished getting my degree, I had to take a couple of years off to work so I could get insurance. It's a long story, so I won't bore you with it, but I did have to take a break from college to work. During that time I worked in our local hospital in admitting, insurance, and PBX--front desk. I met an amazing group of friends who I had a really great time with at that point in my life. My friend Heather is the one I credit for these cookies. She was an amazing cook and these oatmeal cookies prove it! My picture of the batch I whipped up today doesn't really do them justice.
I've made a few heart-healthy adjustments and added flax meal and things like whole wheat flour and replaced 1/2 of the butter with applesauce. I mainly just stick with adding 2 tbsp. of flax meal to the normal recipe, and it turns out great.
Heather's Oatmeal Cookies
1 c. Shortening or Butter
1 c. White Sugar
1 c. Brown Sugar
1 1/2 c. Flour
2 tsp. Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Vanilla (Use really good quality, if possible.)
3 c. Oatmeal (Not quick cooking.)
1/4 c. Walnuts or Pecans, chopped (optional)
Cream the shortening, sugars, eggs, & vanilla together. Add in all the dry ingredients until incorporated. Mix in the oatmeal at the very end. Drop by small spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
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