Tuesday, March 8, 2011

90 Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and one kitchen, to go, please...

Since I missed school on Friday, and since my kids were absolutely fabulous for their subs while I was gone...  I made reward cookies.  Ok, ok, all those pure-hearted teachers out there, I hear you.  Yes, I realize I am teaching them that they should expect rewards for good behavior and reinforcing that extrinsic motivation is all that matters, but... one word: COOKIE.  Mmmmmmm!  Sometimes we do somethings for the people we love just because we care and we're thankful.  This is one of those times.  As hard and crazy as my job can be, I wouldn't have one if it weren't for my kiddos, and I'm truly thankful for their attitude over the last week.  So there, they're "thank you" cookies, not "bribe" cookies =).

These cookies come from a recipe that my Grandma Horn passed down to my mom, who gave it to me (the BEST KIND!!).  My Grandma was quite the baker in her day... she always had a cake out on the counter (how, oh HOW was she so SKINNY?!), and her recipes have become something of a legend.  My Grandma Copenhaver is an amazing cook too; she's got a few recipes in lined to go up on here!

These are considered a "drop" cookie, if I'm not mistaken...  Meaning, they are shaped with two spoons and dropped onto the cookie sheet.  Also, they're easy to over-bake.  Lots of drop cookies are easy to over-bake (in my humble opinion), and they taste like dirt of you do... so there's your fair warning =)

Evelyn's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup butter (use the REAL STUFF)
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla (again, use the REAL stuff)
2 to 2 & 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp water
3 cups quick oats
12 oz. milk chocolate chips

1. Cream butter and shortening.
2. Add sugar, eggs, water, and vanilla, to butter and shortening, and beat well.
3. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into the creamed mixture and blend.
4. Slowly add oats and then chocolate chips until combined.
5. Refrigerate 45 minutes.
6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
7. Drop cookies onto greased cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes until just barely golden brown.
8. EAT all of them as fast as you can so you don't have to share. =)

Is there anything better than a counter full of cookies?!  (And wine... we're always well-stocked!)

And I LOVE my newly remodeled kitchen (you'll see real pics soon, I swear!), buuuut... I wouldn't mind cooking the lovely little gems in this kitchen:

Don't you think that would be nice?  Me too =)

Hopefully this doesn't make you drool too much this morning!  Happy Tuesday, friends!


  1. I bribed my students with chocolate covered strawberries on V-Day. I am not ashamed. Unfortunately no one ever taught them "good behavior" in school.

  2. Way to go! Chocolate covered strawberries sounds like quite the undertaking!