Meeting Olivia

Went to have dinner at Renee, Wayne and Hunter’s house in Prunedale last night. Jeff was supposed to come with, but he was sick so he stayed home. Rebecca was also there with her 4-week old little girl Olivia. They seem to like each other, no?

Olivia and Vincent

Cute pic of them and Hunter (8 years old). He is a great cousin to Olivia!

For dinner we had some amazing artichoke pasta, garlic bread and fresh green salad. Dinner is always yummy when Wayne and Renee are cooking! I brought some dessert, homemade cookies. Here is the recipe, because they were good and i will want to make them again! And for some reason i can never find past recipes unless i blog post it, so this is more for me than it is for you… whoever you may be.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crispy Oatmeal Cookies

from Joy of Baking

1 cup (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar

3/4 cup (160 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups (260 grams) all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups (150 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats

2 cups (50 grams) crisp rice cereal

1 1/2 cups (255 grams) chocolate chips

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugars until smooth and creamy (about 2 – 3 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat until incorporated. Stir in the oats, and then gently stir in the rice cereal and chocolate chips.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets and bake the cookies for about 10 – 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. For chewy cookies, slightly underbake. For crunchy cookies, bake a few minutes longer. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.

Makes about 60 cookies.

My notes: I ran out of milk chocolate chips so i used half milk and half white chocolate chips. Very tasty! This cookie is not very “oatmealy” considering it says its oatmeal cookies! I would have liked more oatmeal i think… but don’t get me wrong these cookies are BOMB i can eat about 5 in one sitting and still crave for more!

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