Mrs. Clinton's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


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In 1992, Family Circle magazine invited wives of presidential candidates to take part in its first-ever cookie cook-off. That year, this recipe beat out then-First Lady Barbara Bush's oat-less chocolate chip cookies. Mrs. Clinton's recipe also won the bake-off in 1996 when it bested Elizabeth Dole's pecan-roll cookies.

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  • Butter for greasing baking sheets
  • 1 1/2 C. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 C. solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 C. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C. light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 C. old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

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Butter for greasing baking sheets


Grease baking sheets. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. In a large bowl, beat together shortening, granulated and brown sugars, and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs, beating until fluffy. Gradually beat in flour mixture and rolled oats. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop batter by teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 8-10 minutes, or until golden. Cool cookies on baking sheets for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.


Yield: about 2 dozen

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