baked away the evening…

The people from my last job are having a cookout or potluck dinner, sometime after I leave for Australia. It’s almost the end of the school year, so the Hendrix Center at Clemson will close for the summer. Once I heard about the get-together plans, I thought that I’d bring my contribution in early, say my goodbyes, and use the plates of cookies as a bit of a thank you.

So, I got out my cooking ingredients around 10pm, last night, and went at it. I haven’t made cookies in quite a long time, but I don’t think I’ve lost the knack. One advantage to cooking late at night… there aren’t too many people around to make depredations on my handiwork.

Anyway… I was only at the food court for two months, but everyone was so very nice to me, made life interesting for that period of time, and made the time go by quickly. I did need a bit of a distraction, after I accepted the Australia job, as well as some income. So, to my former fellow employees, thank you for making me your friend, even if only for a little while.

And for all the rest of you, here’s the recipe for Mrs. Fields’ cookies, which I made for my friends at work. Enjoy!

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Mrs. Fields’ Cookies
2 cups butter 

2 cups sugar  

2 cups brown sugar 

4 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

4 cups flour

5 cups oatmeal, blended (Measure oatmeal before blending, then put in blender 1 cup at a time. Blend til it resembles flour, add to dry mixture. This helps to keep cookies chewy and moist.)

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. baking soda

24 oz. chocolate chips

8 oz. milk chocolate bar, grated

3 cups chopped nuts (optional)

Cream together sugar and butter, then add eggs and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients in a big bowl. Then mix wet and dry, then add chocolate items. 

Roll dough into ping-pong sized balls. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet, let cool briefly before taking off pan.

Bake 375 degrees for 8 minutes 

(or for convection oven, bake 350 degrees for 6 minutes).

NOTES:

*This is a BIG recipe. Our mixer won’t handle the whole thing. We use a mixer for the first 5 ingredients, and then stir the wet mixture into the dry, in a big bowl, by hand. Very thick.

**We don’t usually use nuts.

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