Monday, January 9, 2012

Crispy-Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

In my humble opinion, oatmeal cookies should be crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Delicious, if done right - and let me tell you, these babies are right. I modified this from Allrecipes and it is perfection. Enjoy them... we are!

Crispy-Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
1 1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp maple extract
2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup toffee bits
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheets with parchment or lightly grease.

In a large bowl, cream together shortening, butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Mix in egg, vanilla, and maple until well blended. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir into batter until well blended. Mix in oats, toffee, and walnuts. Roll doll into walnut-sized balls (about one tablespoon) and place two inches apart on cookie sheets.

Bake for 12 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Allow to rest on cookie sheet two minutes before transferring to cooling racks. Cool completely before storing to retain the crispy edges.

Makes about 5 dozen.

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