Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cookies For A Crowd - Easy Christmas Goodies Recipe For Holiday Entertaining

I love to bake! I have all sorts of possible gadgets and recipe books for any sort of sweet thing on the planet.  I also love my silhouette, so I usually give away my products to friends and family who are willing to sacrifice and eat my sweets.

There are many times when I am asked to bring something to a potluck or I just want to show my appreciation for someone with a gift from my kitchen. For instance, my child’s school offers treats to teachers once a month. They work hard and they deserve to get recognized for that in one way or another. The problem is that they are many. One regular batch of cookies or a cake is not going to satisfy all of them. Here is where this delicious recipe comes to the rescue.
I found it on the internet about 10 years ago and I have used it ever since any time I need cookies for big gatherings or for a lot of gifts. It even made it to Italy, where it’s regularly used by my mother!

When you read it and see the ingredients, you’ll think that this is yet another chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Yes and no. I am not really crazy about chocolate chip cookies. The bought ones are usually too dry and chalky; the homemade ones are usually too thin and boring.

These ones, however, if properly prepared, are soft and supple, have a great taste that improves with age and are pleasant to the eye!

I usually prepare them 3 days in advance, as I think they reach their peak flavor after 3 days. However, I once forgot some, and they tasted fine even after 15 days, which thing makes them great for shipping inside care packages. I also froze some and they taste as good as the fresh ones, after they are defrosted. Just pop them in the microwave for 5 seconds and they’ll be warm and oozing chocolate from everywhere.

But without further ado, here is the recipe…

2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
5 cups pulverized oatmeal (measure the oatmeal first then pulverize it)
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
24 oz. chocolate chips

3 cups chopped nuts (optional, but they really add dimension to the flavor)

Tip: I suggest that you use your hands with gloves to mix this dough. I tried to make them once with my very powerful kitchen Aid and it was screaming all the way.

1) In a very large bowl cream together the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla

2) In a separate bowl mix together the flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add this mixture to the large bowl, incorporating with your hands after every addition.

3) Finally, add the chocolate chips and walnuts.

4) At this point I use a medium size ice cream scoop to get even size dough balls. I place them onto a cookie sheet at a distance of about 1 inch from each other (while baking they will flatten a little bit, so that they will look like chocolate chip cookies and not like balls.

5) Bake them for 12 minutes at 350 F. After cooling down, put them on a cookie rack and after that inside an airtight container.

I usually get between 105 and 120 cookies...

It usually takes me at least 2:30 hours from start to finish, obviously, you can cut the ingredients in half and save time.


Hello, I am an Italian from Venice, but my husband's military job assignment brought me to the US to live. I teach full time for a visual and performing arts high school. I have lots of talented students. 

My talent is jewelry making. I love making jewelry. In particular I like to use authentic Murano glass that I buy from my master beadmakers every summer when I go home to visit my folks. Lately I have been experimenting with semiprecious gemstones and wire. It's fun. I have been creating my pieces for about ten years and have placed many of them in good homes all over the world.

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