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In addition to baking for the “boys” in my house, I regularly bake goodies for our college student neighbors, many of whom also happen to be boys. We live in a house that is literally surrounded by student rentals, so I start the year by sending over plates of baked goods as a gesture of good will, and then I tend to get attached to certain houses as the school year progresses and send over more goodies as the spirit moves me, or the occasion warrants. These kids are away from home, running to and from campus like crazy people, keeping bizarre hours, biking, running, playing sports, living on Kraft mac and cheese and ramen noodles, and definitely pleased to see a plate of homemade cookies made by a Mom.
Today I made Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chips, Soft Sugar Cookies and No Bake Cookies. Two platters of cookies are “thank yous” to guys who took time on Sunday to come watch Sam play football, one platter is a “thank you” to a house full of guys who are on the Michigan State University football team, who gave us free (and fantastic) tickets to last week’s home game, and the fourth is for my own boys, just because I love them.
Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
(Submitted by Dr Amy to allrecipes.com)
* 1 cup butter, softened
* 1 cup packed light brown sugar
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 2 eggs
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 3 cups quick-cooking oats
* 1 cup chopped walnuts (I omitted these because Sam hates nuts in cookies)
* 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in the quick oats, walnuts, and chocolate chips. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
3. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Soft Sugar Cookies
(Contributed by Diana Rattray to About.com)
INGREDIENTS: * 3/4 cup shortening
* 1/4 cup butter
* 2 cups granulated sugar
* 4 egg yolks
* 1 1/2 cups milk
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 teaspoon lemon extract ( I usually use all vanilla)
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Cream shortening and butter with sugar. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Pour milk into a large measuring cup; add extract(s) and baking soda. Into a separate bowl sift flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.
Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk mixture. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets then sprinkle with a cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes at 375°. Store sugar cookies in an airtight covered container.