Even though I don't *believe* in New Year's Resolutions, I often find myself making them anyway. Like this year, when my resolve centers around attending yoga class at least twice a week and eating less--perhaps even no--sugar. And I do pretty well until the snow and cold set in and I catch myself daydreaming about a hot peppermint mocha warming my hands and my belly. As I write this, an army of snowflakes is decending on my neighborhood, setting up camp on the sidewalks and lawns. The bunnies seem not to notice, until they have to dig open again the entrance to their underground home. I've written here before about my baking compulsion and how it came to be triggered by such weather. Since I'll be sticking to my sugar-free treats today, I wanted to pay homage to my mother's oatmeal chocolate chip cookies by posting the recipe here for any of you who are not bound by such resolutions to savor and enjoy.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup shortening or margarine (I use veg. shortening with no Trans Fat)
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
2 cups flour (use spelt for wheat-free alternative)
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups regular oatmeal
1/2 cup chopped nuts
8 oz. chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
Drop by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.