I’ve learned one thing from making my favorite recipes from each of my grandmothers. I love shortening.
Which means I love fat.
I’ve also learned that I should never try to replace shortening for butter. While it sounds better on paper (to me) to have butter instead of shortening it changes the texture of my favorite comfort foods and not for the better, mind you.
Plus they are comfort foods, which to me does not equal healthy. I mean, great if it does but really when I reach for these foods its for the unforgettable taste and the millions of memories that go along with it.
My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe involves peanut butter, oats and chocolate chips all wrapped up in this delicious crumbly but still soft package of cookie.
Legend has it that my grandmother made these cookies in the shape of an owl which, believe it or not, was the mascot of my dad’s high school (and grade school and middle school).
His school may have been featured on ‘The Leno Show’ as having the smallest graduating class in America. No joke.
Anyways, I can almost imagine their fight song.
Who can beat the owls… whooo whooo whooo?
It’s still a family favorite and the only thing my brother requests in every care package we send while he’s deployed.
Makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen cookies
2/3 cup shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 t vanilla
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 1/3 cup flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 cup quick cooking oats
6 oz semi-sweet choc chips
Beat together the shortening and sugar until creamy. Add egg, vanilla
and peanut butter and blend thoroughly. Sift together baking powder,
salt and flour. Add to creamed mixture and blend well. Stir in oats
and chocolate chips. Form in balls and flatten. Bake at 350 12-15
The dough will be crumbly!