May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, but really, is there a day that is not enhanced by a chocolate chip cookie? If you grew up eating cookies from a recipe passed down by through the generations, you probably have a recipe you love. If not, here is my Grandma's recipe, she is happy to share.
The shortening keeps the cookies tender, oatmeal adds the perfect chewiness, and chopped nuts keep it interesting. Real vanilla and a pinch of salt send your taste buds over the top. I have substituted the regular flour for a gluten free flour blend with great results.
Grandma Jeri's Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup shortening
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla (I use Nielsen Massey for the best possible flavor)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
2 cups oatmeal (Bob's Red Mill mkaes great GF oatmeal)
1 cup chopped nuts
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1. Preheat Oven to 350F.
2. Add fat and sugar (MMM fat and sugar) to the bowl of a stand mixer and cream. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until nice and smooth.
3. To the butter mixture, add baking powder and salt and mix until blended. Add flour and mix until smooth. Add oatmeal and mix until well blended. Add chocolate chips and nuts and give the batter a good stir.
4. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto parchment lined cookie sheets and bake until nice and brown, about 8 minutes. Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.