There was a story written about this cookie and how a lady paid Neiman Marcus, $250 for the recipe. While I’m not sure about the truth to that story, I am sure that it won’t cost YOU $250 to make. I do love this cookie recipe. I first tried this cookie many years ago, way before the internet, and it has become one of the “staple” holiday recipes that I prepare for my family. There is a process to this but I assure you, it’s well worth the work. I halved the recipe, but it can easily be doubled. Give it a try! 😉
1 cup Butter
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Brown sugar
2 tsp. PURE Vanilla extract
1 tsp. Almond extract
2 cups All-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups BLENDED Oatmeal* (Measure out 2 1/2 cups FIRST, then process to a powder in your food processor or blender)
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking powder
1 tsp. Baking soda
2 cups Semi-sweet Chocolate chips
1 (4 oz.) Hershey bar, grated (freeze first for easier handling)
1 cup Walnuts, chopped (optional)
First thing we need to prepare is the oatmeal. *In a food processor or blender (I own a Vitamix), blend oatmeal until it is almost a powder.
In a large mixing bowl, on medium speed, cream butter and both sugars until well combined, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
After creaming the butter and sugars, add the eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Blend this mixture until combined well, about 2 minutes. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add in the flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add the chocolate chips, grated candy and nuts (I didn’t have enough, so I left out the nuts). Beat this mixture, JUST UNTIL it has combined well. No longer than that or you will end up with tough cookies.
Using a 1 oz (small), for regular sized cookies, OR a “regular” sized ice cream scooper, for larger cookies; scoop up some dough and place them 2-inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheet. NOTE: If you have a SILPAT baking liner, there’s no need to lightly grease the baking sheets. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes at 375 degrees.
Golden brown and ready to remove from the oven after 15 minutes. Allow to cool on a cooling rack.