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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Try this recipe for the most mouthwatering, no kidding around, and seriously great chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. This recipe will satisfy any sweet craving. They are chocked full of good and oh so easy to bake.

For soft and chewy cookies: preheat oven to 305 degrees

For crispy cookies: preheat oven to 350 degrees

For bar cookies: preheat oven to 325

Ingredients:

Two and ¼ cups of all purpose flour

Two and ½ cups of oatmeal (quick cooking oats)

One teaspoon baking soda

One teaspoon salt

Two stick of cold butter (one cup) cut up into smaller pieces

Three and one quarter cups white sugar

One cup firmly packed brown sugar

One egg and one egg yolk

One cup of chopped walnuts (optional)

One and one half teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Mix dry ingredients; flour, salt, baking soda, and sift together.

Blend the white and brown sugar in mixing bowl until it has sand like consistency. Mix in cold butter and mix until butter in blended. Do not over mix! This will make the cookies tougher.  The butter dough should be thick not creamy.

Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix.

Add dry ingredients and mix. Do not over mix, cookie dough should be thick.

Add chocolate chips, oats, and nuts, hand mix dough with spatula.

Drop cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet, one inch apart.  

For soft and chewy cookies: bake at 305 degrees for 22 minutes.

For crispy cookies: bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes.

For a cookie bar grease 13x 9 pan add dough, bake 325 degrees for 25 minutes.

These chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are packed with flavor. These cookies are simply delicious when baked soft and chewy, or crispy and crunchy. Why not try both! These delicious cookies will soon be a family favorite!

Reference:
1. Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies Recipe – Allrecipes.com
2. Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies Recipe | King Arthur Flour

Cheesecake

Cheesecake is a heavenly creamy, sinfully rich dessert that seems more the consistency of pie than cake and is always a favorite during the holidays. The dessert can be served any time of the year, though, and is often requested for special occasions. It is a quite simple and quick recipe to prepare.

The crust of a cheese is a graham cracker crust and can be purchased ready made. However, it only takes about ten minutes to prepare your own graham cracker crust.

GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 Cups graham cracker crumbs

6 Tablespoons butter

1/4 Cup sugar

DIRECTIONS:

* Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.

* Melt the butter in a small saucepan.

* In a small mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Stir to mix well.

* Add the butter and blend all ingredients together with your hand. Press the pie crust into a pie pan.

* Bake the crust at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cool before proceeding with the cheesecake mixture.

For pie recipes, you can add nutmeg, cinnamon, or all-spice to the graham cracker crumbs to add flavor to the crust.

CHEESECAKE

INGREDIENTS:

1 eight ounce package Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1 fourteen ounce can Eagle Brand Condensed Sweet Milk

1/3 Cup fresh lemon juice (or use ReaLemon bottled juice)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 Cup graham cracker crumbs

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 Tablespoon butter

DIRECTIONS:

* Allow cream cheese to stand in package at room temperature until softened. This usually takes approximately one hour.

* In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until it is light and fluffy.

* Beat in the sweetened condensed milk.

* Add lemon juice and vanilla extract. Stir until the ingredients are well mixed.

* Pour into the pie crust

* To garnish, melt the tablespoon of butter in a small saucepan.

* Combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar in a shallow bowl and stir.

* Slowly add drops of the melted butter and mix with a fork just until graham cracker crumbs are lightly moistened. Sprinkle the mixture with fingers across the top of the cheesecake.

* Chill several hours prior to serving.

If desired, you can use cherry or strawberry pie filling for a topping. Apple pie filling is also good with cheesecake. Some prefer a topping and others do not. During the holidays or any time when entertaining guests, I serve the desserts buffet style. Therefore, I provide the topping in a small serving dish beside the cheesecake and allow each individual to make the choice whether to use topping or have their cheesecake plain.

Reference:
1. Cheesecake
2. Cheesecake Recipe : Food Network Kitchen : Food Network