Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Oatmeal Pecan Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know I've been gone for a while. I may write soon about what I've been up to, but I can't promise anything. I have been updating the Fun Mama page on Facebook with brief snippets, if you want to be in the loop.

One of the things I have been doing is writing articles for the Spencer Magnet, my local newspaper. I am planning to post links to those articles here, but I haven't gotten to it just yet. So there may be a several posts about those articles pretty soon.

Last week, I went to a cookie exchange for one of the Homemaker clubs that I joined in our county. I ended up writing about that cookie exchange and sharing the recipe in my column this week. I'm crazy about these cookies, and I hope you'll enjoy them soon. For some reason, the online version of the article didn't include the recipe, so I'll post it here too. But please feel free to check out the article with tips on having a cookie exchange.

My article: Cookie Exchange: Just Add Oatmeal

Oatmeal Pecan Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
3 cups old-fashioned (not quick) oats
1 cup plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together shortening, butter, sugars, egg, water, and vanilla until creamy. Add oats, flour, salt and baking soda. Mix well. Add pecans, cherries and chocolate chips. Mix well. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Makes about 5 dozen.

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