Mara’s Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

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Chewy oatmeal yumminess!

My mom is an amazing baker and cook. I’ve pretty well learned all I know from her. Heck I’m almost 42 and I still call her with technical questions on a monthly basis, so lets just say she’s my baking mentor. This, however, is not one of her recipes… it’s my dad’s former secretary Mara’s. He used to be a lawyer and she was his right hand man, er woman!

My mom makes a mean oatmeal cookie, but this one is so completely different that it warrants an inclusion in the blog!

INGREDIENTS

2 eggs

1 cup br. sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp. hot water

2 cups rolled oats

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. salt

3/4 cups chocolate chips (I like semi-sweet)

1. Beat eggs until frothy. Use a whisk if you don’t have a Kitchenaid.

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Beat those eggs!

2. Beat in sugars, oil and vanilla, still using the wire whisk on your machine until light and fluffy.

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Give it a little sugar…

3. Dissolve the baking soda into the hot water and beat it in.

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Hot water + baking soda = bubbly!

4. Add the flour, oats and salt and mix it by hand with a wooden spoon. I like to kick it old school the old-fashioned way sometimes…

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Add your dry ingredients.

5. Stir in the chocolate chips. Don’t think I don’t know you snuck a few as you put them in the batter… come on-admit it!

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Stir it up… little darling stir it up!

6. Spoon out the dough (it’ll be a little sticky) onto your cookie sheet or Silpat. Make sure you give them a little space in between as the cookies spread out quite a bit.

* Grease the cookie sheet if you’re not using a Silpat.

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Make sure to give them a little space on your cookie sheet… they’ll spread out!

7. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. I found it easier to remove them from the sheet with my metal flipper if I waited a couple of minutes. As I mentioned, the dough is a little sticky so the cookie gets rather, well, STUCK to the cookie sheet, so let them sit a minute, then move the cookies to a cooling rack and try to not eat one immediately! (I dare you!) They are soft and chewy and crispy all at the same time. Try them, they’re DIVINE!

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