Saturday, November 15, 2008

Doubletree Hotel Cookies

When I was 14, my dad took me to New York. It was a business trip for him, and for me ... a magical weekend. Of all the wonderful things we did - Broadway shows, shopping, visiting Central Park and the MET - one of my favorite things were the cookies. We stayed at the Doubletree Hotel and they have the yummiest cookies. To this day, they are my favorite cookies ever. So last night I decided to make them. I did a little Google search, and found this recipe:

1/2 cup rolled oats 
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda 
1 tsp. salt 
1/4 tsp. cinnamon 
1 cup butter, softened 
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed 
3/4 cup granulated sugar 
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla 
1/2 tsp. lemon juice 
2 eggs 
3 cups semi-sweet, chocolate chips 
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts 

rind oats in a food processor or blender until fine. Combine the ground oats with the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl.

Cream together the butter, sugars, vanilla, and lemon juice in another medium bowl with an electric mixer. Add the eggs and mix until smooth. Stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture and blend well. Add the chocolate chips and nuts to the dough and mix by hand until ingredients are well blended.

For the best results, chill the dough overnight in the refrigerator before baking the cookies. 

Spoon rounded 1/4 cup portions onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Place the scoops about 2 inches apart. Bake in a 350°F oven for 16-18 minutes or until cookies are light brown and soft in the middle. Store in a sealed container when cool to keep soft.

I didn't have walnuts, but I did have Craisins ... so I did a little substituting and they were so good!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Freeze Happy

My sister in law Bethany found this awesome website, You should check it out. It gives recipes and tips for freezing dinners!