For the past four election cycles, Family Circle (warning, their site is not mozilla/netscape compatible) has run a contest/election which determines the best cookie recipe submitted by each candidates wife (or more honestly, the staff of each candidates wife… I mean really, do you think that either Teresa Heinz-Kerry or Laura Bush is in the kitchen, thinking “Hmmm… this needs walnuts.. more walnuts!”).
So here’s Laura Bush’s submission. Something called Oatmeal-Chocolate Chunk Cookies.
- 3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cups light-brown sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups quick oats
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chunks (or chocolate chips)
- 1 cup coarsely chopped dried sour cherries
Heat oven to 350Â°. With electric mixer, cream butter and both sugars. Beat in eggs one at a time, then beat in vanilla. Add flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and oats; slowly beat until blended. Stir in walnuts, chocolate and cherries. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake at 350Â° for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Makes about 4 dozen.