Monday, October 25, 2010

Grandma's Combination Cookies

I do hope all had a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!
I know that we sure did.
One of our favorite things to do on Sunday nights
is to make something yummy.
These cookies are right at the top of the list.
This was my mom's recipe
and when I was growing up
It was not uncommon to come home
from school and find a huge batch
of these babies
waiting with ice cold milk.
They are called a combination cookie
because you can put any combination of
goodies inside the cookie to to make
all sorts of great cookies.
The ones pictured are plain milk chocolate chip.
My mom used to put coconut, chocolate chips
and some kind of nut in them as a rule.
Be creative.
Use M&Ms, raisins, nuts, dried cranberries,
chocolate chips, coconut, or anything your heart desires.
These are by far the best cookie I've ever had but, then again, I'm pretty biased on that count.
Fall is a great time to start baking for the holidays and these cookies
freeze like a dream
Doubling or even tripling the batch can get you a long way in putting together those goodie plates for neighbors and friends and you can do them well in advance!
If you try them, I would love to hear what you put in them and how you like them. 

You will need:
*1 cup of brown sugar
*1 cup of white sugar
*1 cup of shortening (use the good stuff, not a store brand, and can be buttered flavored if you wish)
*2 eggs
*3 tablespoons hot water
*2-1/2 cups of flour, sifted
*2 teaspoons baking soda
*1/2 teaspoon of salt
*1-2/3 cups oatmeal (this was my mom's sneaky way of getting oatmeal into us)
*1 teaspoon vanilla (use the pure vanilla, not the immitation vanilla)
*1-1/2 cups of add-ins (basically anything you want to total about 1-1/2 cups)

Cream shortening and sugars together.  Add eggs one at a time mixing each carefully.  Sift flour, soda and salt together.  Add to sugar mixture.  Mix well.  Add hot water and vanilla.  Mix.  Add oatmeal and add-ins.  Mix well.  Use a cookie scoop to place balls of dough on a cookie sheet (aprox 1-1/2 inch balls).  We always put parchment paper on our cookie sheets, especially if we are using one of the battle scarred ones. :)  Bake at 350 degrees for about 7-8 minutes.  Now, 7 minutes (at least in our oven) produces a soft, chewy cookie.  You will need to experiement a bit with your own oven to determine what kind of cookie you want and how long to bake them. This will make about 3-4 dozen cookies depending on the size you make them. 

Please let me all know what you put in them and how you like them.  I would LOVE to hear about them.

*  Ammended the item "soda" to "baking soda" for clarity - 11/01/2010. 
Thanks whoever pointed that out to me!
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  1. Mmmm, so yummy I can almost smell them, makes me want to go and bake right now!!

  2. Hi Suzie,

    I had a great weekend too and your cookies look amazing for a girl "who was too stubborn to learn!" My dad tried to teach me how to play the piano too, and I didn't want to learn from him. He's gone too and I wished I'd been willing. We can plan to learn from our parents in the next life for sure! Thanks for your sweet visit and comment. It made my day...and I hope your roast turns out just like your mom's always did.

  3. yum! These look awesome! I love to bake cookies in the fall. :)

  4. Ok, I mean honestly, who doesn't love a good chocolate chip cookie! I know that I love them!!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Tell All!

  5. Oh how fun! They look wonderful!

  6. Super cute blog!
    I'm your newest follower from the BH. Stop by sometime for great recipes & baking tips!
    my sister blog with crafts & fun!
    Have a nice day,

  7. That looks like a super-good cookie!

  8. these look yummy! when you say "soda" is used I'm guessing you mean baking soda right and not something else?

  9. Love all the great cookie recipes this week. Amazing. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

  10. Yummy if you ever would like to be featured or would like to share a recipe please come become a follower and email us...Great site

  11. These cookies sound scrumptious! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites! Hope to see you again this week.

  12. These look so good! I love big cookies with tons of stuff in them...perfect recipe..thanks for sharing it! A new follower and hop eyou will visit my blog @
    Tammy :-)


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