Colorado Cowboy Cookies
(Makes 36 cookies)
Source: Maida Heatter's Book of Great Chocolate Desserts (Andrews & McMeel Publishing, 2006 ed.), pg. 119
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 pound (1 stick) sweet butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg (graded large or extra-large)
1 cup quick-cooking or regular (not "instant") rolled oats*
3 ounces (1/2 cup) semisweet chocolate morsels
2 ounces (generous 1/2 cup) walnuts or pecans, cut or broken into medium-size pieces*
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with aluminum foil.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and set aside. In the large bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter. Add the vanilla and then both sugars and beat well. Add the egg and beat well. On low speed gradually add the sifted dry ingredients and beat, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula, until incorporated.
Remove the bowl from the mixer. Stir in the oats and then the chocolate morsels and nuts. Transfer to small bowl for ease in handling. (Maida says that the dough will be stiff but it wasn't for me)
Use a rounded teaspoonful of the dough to make each cookie. Place the mounds 2 inches apart on the aluminum foil. Bake for about 18 minutes until the cookies are golden-colored and completely dry.* During baking reverse the sheets top to bottom and front to back to insure even browning.
If you bake only one sheet at a time, bake on the upper rack.
With a wide metal spatula transfer the cookies to racks to cool. When completely cool, store them airtight.
*My notes: I used quick-cooking oats and pecans. The trickiest part of making cookies is the baking time. Ovens are different and some may take longer (or shorter) than what the recipe dictates. My oven always gets food done sooner than what the recipe calls for. I've learned to deduct about 10 minutes when making a cake and about 5 minutes for cookies. I then begin checking until it is done. These cookies were ready in my oven in about 14 minutes.