March Munchies

It is finally here, the time of year when we begin to think about capris, sandals and possibly traveling. It is beyond me how someone might plan a car trip without thinking about what they might snack on for the 500 miles they are cooped up in the car, sometimes with small children or even just a spouse who, like mine, doesn’t like to talk much (and please don’t even go there, I know what you are thinking, “he probably doesn’t ever get a change to say a word”, there I said it for you) and depends on me to carry the conversation for the 8 hour trip. I can do that, I can carry the conversation for hours, but even I need a break from talking and that leads us to Munchies. I brought this recipe home with me from Corpus, where I was staying with a friend of my mom’s, since she lives in a nursing home, I now stay with her friend Jane. Jane loves to cook and is a really great cook. When I would get home from the nursing home at night from visiting my mom, Jane would get up the minute I walked in the door and by the time I sat down on the couch to watch TV with she and her husband, there on the table would be a plate of warm cookies to go with my Dr Pepper. She would take them out of the freezer and nuke them until they were just warm and soft. They had 3 sons, so I get the honors of being treated like their daughter. I told her that before I left, she had to give me the recipe. She called them Cowboy Cookies, but they really are just oatmeal cookies with a flair..here is the recipe. I have made them twice in one week and now Randy thinks that I should have them warm and waiting as soon as Wheel of Fortune starts. They are perfect for taking in the car for munchies. Goes great with that cup of coffee you depend on to keep you awake driving down the road, unless you want a CD of me talking…Will sell you one of those for $12.99..I think you might enjoy the coffee and cookies much more.

1 cup of Crisco shortening

1 cup sugar

1 cup light brown sugar (firmly packed)

2 eggs, at room temp

2 cups flour

1 teas baking soda

1/2 teas baking powder

1/2 teas salt

2 cups oats, quick-cooking or regular, uncooked

1 (6-oz) package semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup shredded coconut or 1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup raisins (optional) (I actually used crasins)

Cream shortening and sugars and mix well. Add eggs, beat until light and fluffy. Stir in dry ingredients and blend well. Mix in oats, chocolate chips and vanilla.

The dough will be crumbly. Drop by teaspoonful on greased cookie sheets (I used parchment paper so I didn’t need to grease that) and bake at 350 for about 10-12 min.

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