Welcome to Simple Fare, Fairly Simple. This is a place for me to post recipes of all kinds...along with other miscellaneous fodder from my so-called life here in the south. Who knows what you will find here. Could be anything from my husband...known as IT Guy...to my kids and beautiful grandbabies that are growing up way too fast right before my eyes. But...mostly this will be a place for food. I hope you'll see something you like and if you decide to try something from the list...leave me a comment and let me know!

Friday, June 22, 2012

This is not my original recipe. This came from my mom who got it from a friend at church.  My mom makes them ALL the time and we love them around here, too!

Cowboy Cookies

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup shortening (I use butter flavored)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 cups rolled oats (can use instant)
2 - 3 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet, white, dark....any combo works!)
1 cup rough chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. (Yes...325)

Mix dry ingredients and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the shortening and sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes or so.

Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and beat until just combined.

Gently mix in the oats, chocolate chips (and nuts if using).

Scoop by rounded tablespoonful onto lined cookie sheets. Bake for 20 minutes until lightly browned. Transfer to cooling rack.

If desired, dip one side of cookie into melted chocolate. Makes it yummy!