Jun 4, 2009

Oatmeal Cookies

Many years ago, my parents got this recipe for oatmeal cookies at the Utah County Republican Convention, and because of that, they always referred to these cookies as "Republican Oatmeal Cookies." However, since I'm a Democrat, I prefer a less partisan title. But regardless of your political persuasion, this recipe could well become your oatmeal cookie recipe of choice. These delicious cookies are crisp and light, with a hint of cinnamon. Mmmm!

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 ½ cups flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups oats
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Cream sugars and shortening. Blend in vanilla and eggs. Then add dry ingredients, oats, and nuts. Roll in balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

Note: Instead of rolling the dough in balls, I often shape the dough into rolls, wrap the rolls in wax paper, and then refrigerate or freeze them. Then I just cut the rolls into slices and bake them. It's an easy way to have home-baked cookies ready at a moment's notice.