This is my favorite cookie recipe. I make this often for parties, events, and sick neighbors. I put in chocolate chips but skip the raisins and nuts. It is delicious either way.
Aunt Bitsy’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 cups white sugar
2 cups butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups flour
5 cups oatmeal, quick or regular
2 cups chocolate chips
2 cups raisins (optional)
2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
Cream together brown sugar, white sugar, and butter. Add eggs and beat well. Add salt, baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour and oatmeal. Mix in chocolate chips (and raisins and nuts, if desired). Mold dough into golf-ball size balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes—less time if you like them soft.
This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies, but I figure if you’re going to go to the trouble of making cookies, you might as well REALLY make cookies. You can halve it if you don’t want so many.
Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014. Visit JenniferBeckstrand.com for recipes, upcoming events, and news about books and giveaways.