Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

This is a vintage, treasured recipe! Decades ago, I penned an enthusiastic "A+++!!" at the top of the now yellowed clipping. Try them and you’ll find this rather mundane list of ingredients makes extraordinarily delicious cookies!

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Ingredients

  • 1 (6-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup quick-cooking oats, uncooked

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two large baking sheets with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips in top of double boiler over hot (but not boiling) water, stirring occasionally. When the chips are melted, remove the saucepan from the stove.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter or margarine and sugar at medium speed until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and melted chocolate. Lower the speed, then mix in the flour, baking soda and salt until combined. Stir in the walnuts and oats by hand.
  4. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake, one sheet at a time, in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool.

Yield: about 36 cookies

Adapted from a decades old magazine clipping by LuAnn Bermeo., a.k.a. "Tofu Queen."