Sunday, May 3, 2009

Neiman-Marcus Oatmeal Cookies

This the best cookie recipe. It is originally a chocolate chip recipe, but I substitute whatever I am feeling like and usually make the batch half of one mix in and half of another.

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 1/4 cups blended oatmeal*
1 egg
5 oz Hershey chocolate bar, grated
6 oz chocolate chips
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

*Measure oatmeal and blend in blender to a fine powder.
Cream butter and both sugars. Add egg and vanilla. Mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar and nuts. Roll and place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375. Yield is 2-3 dozen depending on how big you make the cookie.

I don't like chocolate, so I usually use white chocolate chips, coconut and pecans for a macadamia style cookie. The dough also freezes really well. I can fit a double batch in my Bosch bowl so I make all of it into dough balls and freeze half of them on a cookie sheet in the freezer, then put the balls into a freezer bag for quick cookies later on. They cook better if they can thaw a little first, or just don't cook them for quite as long without checking on them (they might need to be smashed down with a fork half-way through).

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