I have decided, after all these years, that I really like cookies! They are portable yum! I have made them for our boys, our grandkids, our friends and especially for my husband, John. I like to keep a good supply in the freezer. We travel with them because they make a quick and easy snack between meals. A little bag of them scores me lots of extra points with the neighbors too... This is my version of a recipe I have seen in the past and I hope it is in the future of many of you, my friends. Enjoy!
Chunky Choco Chip Cookies
1 Cup Blanched Slivered Almonds
1 Cup Craisins, Raisins or other dried fruit chunks
1 Cup Chocolate Chip Chunks
12 oz. Semisweet Chocolate Chips
2 Cups Rolled Oats
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 Pound (that’s 2 cubes) Unsalted Butter, at room temp.
1 Cup packed Brown Sugar
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
Toast the Almonds in a small saute pan, over medium-low heat, stirring constantly for about 5 to 10 minutes. Just until they begin to turn brown and have a nutty aroma. Be careful, they burn quickly! Cool completely.
In a large bowl, combine the Craisins, Chocolate Chip Chunks, Chocolate Chips and Oats. Set aside.
Sift together the Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda and Salt. Set aside
In a large mixing bowl, beat the Unsalted Butter until light and creamy. Add Sugars and beat until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the Eggs and Vanilla and beat until well combined, about 1 minute. Add the Dry Ingredients to the mixture and beat at low speed until well combined - less than a minute. Add the Chocolate Chip Chunks, Chocolate Chips, Craisins, and Blanched Slivered Almonds. Using a sturdy wooden spoon, mix well by hand, until everything is incorporated. Use a 1-Tablespoon scoop to measure out cookies onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets, leaving about 2” space between cookies. Bake for 12 - 14 minutes at 350˚, or until cookies have set and are slightly flattened and light brown. Cool on sheets 2 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely. Makes 6 dozen cookies.