Chocolate Oatmeal COOKIEs
Source: Christmas Cookies-102 sweets to share. Special Interest Publications by Better Homes & Garden (Dec 2003)
prep: 25 min, bake 8 min per batch
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup sugar (reduce to 1 1/4 cup)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted & cooled
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1 6-ounces package semisweets chocolate pieces~1 cup
*instead of placing a walnut half on each cookie,
you can stir 2/3 cup chopped walnuts into the dough along with the chocolate pieces.
1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the sugar, baking powder, and baking soda; beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in melted chocolate, egg, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour, the rolled oats, and chocolate pieces with a wooden spoon.
2.Drop dough by slightly rounded teaspoons about 3 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Top each dough mound with a walnut half.
3.Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Transfer cookies to wire racks and cool.
*store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze fo up to 3 months.