Thursday, January 15, 2009

Comfort Food

Sometimes you just NEED comfort food.... try these delicious, soft, chewy cookies. If you can't resist them, keep the dough in the refrig and bake 2 at a time... they're even better, warm and squishy!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups regular oatmeal (NOT instant)
1 (11.5-oz) pkg chocolate mega morsels
1 cup chopped toasted pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat butter and sugar a medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
Add eggs and vanilla, beating well.
Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup and level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl, stirring well. Add oatmeal and stir well. Add to butter mixture; stir until well combined. Gently stir in chocolate chips and pecans.
Drop by rounded tablespoons 2-inches apart on parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Cool on pan 2 to 3 minutes. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Store in airtight container. Yield: 2 1/2 doz.

Note: I added dried cranberries and raisins, reduced the chocolate morsels to 1/2 bag and omitted the nuts. Add or subtract as you like!!!

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