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Cookies to serve a crowd of cowboys

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Picture yourself in this situation: you promised to bake something for a bake sale, you have nothing sweet at home for the family, and you'd like to take a treat to a friend who's been ill. You may find yourself wondering "Is there a way to bake just one item to accommodate all of these needs all at once?" My answer?....an absolute "yes"! This brings me to the recipe I'm passing along, which makes a lot so that they can be shared abundantly and that's for "Cowboy Cookies".

This is an old favorite recipe, dating back to at least the 1950's. I think these are called "Cowboy Cookies" because they fit the description of a cowboy: hearty and robust. This is a sturdy cookie so they can be mailed very well, if you would like to send some to someone else. These are hearty oatmeal cookies that are also flavored with chocolate chips and chopped nuts. The real benefit is that it makes a whopping eight dozen cookies! Therefore, you can send some to a bake sale, share some with someone else and still have some for the family to enjoy themselves. You bake just once and accomplish the needs for a sweet treat all at once!

This recipe begins with creaming shortening with brown and white sugars. Eggs go in next, followed by some dry ingredients. Oatmeal, vanilla extract, chocolate chips and chopped nuts go in at this point. Now, you're ready to bake cookies. These are dropped by the teaspoon onto greased cookie sheets and baked . It can't get much easier than this. These cookies are great with a cold glass of milk and will be devoured by your after-school crowd or nighttime snackers.

You'll need a large bowl to mix all of this in, so make sure you have one on hand. If you find yourself not needing this many cookies, the recipe can be divided in half. Another suggestion is to make the whole recipe and set aside what you don't need right away for the freezer. Place in an airtight container with foil or waxed paper between the layers and freeze. They freeze great and thaw quickly whenever you need them.

Recently, I shared two recipes for pies that feed a large number of people. One recipe was for chocolate pies and the other for coconut pies. In case you missed them, here's the link to those:

http://www.examiner.com/article/pies-made-double-doses

Hopefully, you won't run into a crisis where you'll need to do a lot of baking at once, but if you do, this recipe will come to your rescue! Just make sure to save some for yourself when you can finally put up your feet and rest!

COWBOY COOKIES

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups raw quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Cream together the shortening, both sugars, and eggs until fluffy. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder and add gradually to the creamed mixture. Stir in the oats, vanilla extract, chocolate chips and nuts, blending well. Drop by the teaspoon onto greased baking sheets, leaving room to spread. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the cookies begin to brown around the edges. Let rest on baking sheet briefly, then remove to a large cooling rack to cool. Yield: 8 dozen.

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