I would not say that I would be considered a great cook. I did manage to feed a large family and nobody starved, or got seriously ill. There is one thing I make that most people seem to like very much. My sought after recipe is for my Oatmeal Cookies. Back in 1980 sometime I found a recipe on the back of a very large bag of oatmeal. The first time I made them we liked them but over the years I have changed a few things. I like them much better now that I use half butter and half shortening. The original recipe used shortening only.
This recipe makes 10 dozen or so and I used to mix them by hand in my largest bowl. Now I have a Kitchen Aid Mixer given to me by my children. It is so fun to use, I just dump things in the bowl and let the Kitchen Aid do all the work.
Here we are ready to go.
Kitchen Aid working hard.
With a handy little guard, even a messy cook like me can keep things neat.
How do I make such round cookies I am often asked.
I use my handy little pampered chef "cookie scoop", that's what I call it anyway. I am using my pampered chef pizza stones to bake the cookies. It makes it hard to burn them that way.
Baking done, time for tea and cookies.
I am using my new plate and teacup from my dear friend Mary and my lovely tray made by Carol at
2 C. chopped nuts (optional, I don't usually use them)
Cream shortening, butter and sugars. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Sift flour, salt and soda. Fold into creamed mixture along with oats and nuts. Roll into small balls and place on greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes
(just a little note, if the first batch is too flat, just stir in a little extra flour)
Now when I am asked for my recipe I can refer to my blog and people can copy it down themselves. I made enough cookies to put a bag in the freezer, a bag for some special friends and a bag for munching on around here.