Friday, June 25, 2010

White Chocolate, Oatmeal, Macadamia Nut Cookies

We had a beautiful lunch today with great friends, lots of fun. While the kiddos were playing the moms sat at the table catching up, discussing scripture and sharing the hand of Providence in our lives. Tammy, our hostess, served up two meals, one "mom food" and one "kid food". What's the difference? Mom food had lots of green crunchy lettuce topped with tender, seasoned chicken while kid food comes in a bun with chips and cookies. Not to worry, hot dogs are not standard cuisine for any of our families, we are, for the most part, health conscious parents.

So what do you top off a junk food meal with, of course, cookies.
I suppose if I used a cookie scoop they would be more uniform in size and shape but size and shape have no bearing on flavor and these are sweet, buttery and chewy, and oh, so easy.
Preheat oven to 375F., do not grease cookie sheets.

Dry ingredients:
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups quick oats
In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together and set aside.
Wet ingredients:
1 1/4 cups butter at room temperature
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Place the wet ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth and light.
Add dry to wet and mix until well incorporated.
Lastly, add one package white chocolate chips with macadamia nuts. I think two would be better but I only had one, if you try two please let me know what you think. If you can't find the mixed chips with nuts just add the white chips and 1/2 cup any nuts.
Drop dough onto cookie sheets by heaping teaspoonful.
Leave ample room for each cookie to spread, I made 3 rows of 4 per pan.
Bake 8-9 minutes, the edges only should begin to brown slightly. If you over bake then they will be crisp, which is fine if you are looking for a crispy cookie, I wasn't paying attention to the first pan and it was a bit crisp--no one thought it a hardship to eat them :)
Cool on racks then seal in a cookie can or in a ziploc. If you want them to stay chewy put a slice of fresh bread in with them.
Don't turn your back on them.
This is my Cookie Monster!

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