Family Cowboy Cookies
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. oatmeal
1 6-oz. pkg. chocolate chips
1 c. chopped nuts, raisins, or coconut (opt.)
Sift together first four ingredients. Set aside.
Blend shortening with sugars; add vanilla. Stir in eggs and beat until fluffy. Add flour mixture and remaining ingredients.
Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet (I discovered with the first group I put in that these do NOT spread, so, my normal strategy of forming dough into 1-inch balls created cookies that were 1-inch balls. The rest, I flattened the 1-inch balls into disks with better cookie-shaped results.). Bake at 350 for 8-10 min. (chewy). Up to 15 min. (crisp).
I baked mine for 10 minutes, approximately, and they were crispy on the outside-chewy on the inside right out of the oven, but crisp all over today. Still good, but I might try a lower cooking time next time.
And, yes, this was all done with my handy-dandy wooden spoon.