Dana Slatkin

Farmgirl Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Just as I was packing up my warm sweaters and pulling out the plastic plates for delightful dining outdoors, gusty winds gripped L.A., ruining my al fresco fantasies. Back on the shelf they went, along with my recipes for salads and cold soups that I was planning to share with you this week.

Instead, I thought you might like to whip up a batch of these, which pair classically with a glass of milk or a hot latte. They are the cookies I am most often asked to make — for showers, school parties, and lunchboxes. Make them your own with your favorite add-ins: dried cherries, cranberries, or apricots; white chocolate, butterscotch or peanut butter chips; cinnamon and/or nutmeg. I have tried using pure butter, Earth Balance margarine, even coconut oil, but none will give you the coveted outer crunch and inner chew that Crisco does.

Full disclosure: They’re not the healthiest cookies you can find, but then again, who needs a healthy cookie? My bikini body will just have to wait a little longer.

For your next chocolate fix, try my Chocolate Birthday Cake.

Only a week left to enter our May cooking contest! Rhapsodize about your favorite farmers market and send in your best salad recipe!

Photo credit: glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

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