Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies



  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, soft at room temp
  • 1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 toasted chopped pecans (for half recipe, 1 cup or more for full recipe – I do half with nuts, half without)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl cream shortening, butter and brown sugar. Add eggs and mix thoroughly.
  3. Combine the baking soda, salt and flour and stir into creamed mixture
  4. Add oatmeal and chocolate chips (and optional nuts) and stir until well blended.
  5. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet (or use parchment paper). Bake for 10 minutes. Check for brown edges but soft centers, add a min. or two if too doughy. Turn cookie sheet half way through if they cook unevenly.
  6. Transfer to racks for cooling.

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