Cooking Love

I didn't think I would start a new page just for recipes but one of my goals is to start cooking for myself more often and eating out less. Also I really love baking so I should start sharing some of the recipes I try.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
These seem to be everyone's favorite cookie that I make. The recipe is super simple and very very tastey! 

2/3 C. Flour                                                       1/2 C. Butter
1/2 tsp. baking soda                                           1 large egg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon                                               1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 C. packed brown sugar
1/3 C. sugar
3/4 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 C. quick or old fashioned oats
1/2 nuts(optional, I never use them) 

Flour, baking soda, cinnamon & salt in a small bowl. 
In a larger bowl(usually my mixer) beat butter, egg and vanilla, add dry ingredients by hand or w/mixer on a low speed. break up any clumps. Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet. You can pretty much make them as small or large as you like. 

Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes(depends on the size but I almost always take them out at 8 so they stay softer). Should make about 2 dozen cookies. 

Hope you all enjoy! These are so easy and always a hit! 


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
These are my absolute favorite cookies to make and I make them every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They are always a big big hit! 
This makes about 24-30 cookies depending how you size them
2 cups canned pumpkin                                                   1 tsp salt
2 cups white sugar                                                           2 tsp baking soda
1 cup vegetable oil(or 1 cup of softened butter)                2 tsp milk
2 eggs                                                                             4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
4 cups all purpose flour                                                    
1 tbs & 1 tsp baking powder
1 tbs & 1 tsp cinnamon
(preheat oven to 350 degrees)

1. In the 1st bowl combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil(butter), and eggs. In a 2nd bowl stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a cup dissolve baking soda into milk then add that to the 1st bowl. Add flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and mix it up. 

2. add vanilla and chocolate chips 

3. Drop by spoonful or small ice cream scooper onto a greased cookie sheet. They should take about 8-10 minutes to be done, depending on your oven. They will be light brown and firm. 
These cookies stay soft and kind of moist because of the pumpkin so if they are hard they are burnt. 

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