Monday, December 24, 2012

Judy Lowe's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Getting ready for Christmas is always a special time in my house.  It seems the oven is constantly cranking and the dishwasher is always running.  There is rarely a quite moment in the kitchen preparing for all the upcoming festivities.

Each year we have made my great grandmother's recipe for her icebox oatmeal cookies that have been a favorite since I was a child.  This year I thought I would change it up a bit and try a new recipe.  

Judy Lowe has been at the heart of Harpeth Hall since I was a student there.  She has been making the desserts served in the dining hall every day for each and every girl with love and care.  From her legendary tea cakes to these delicious oatmeal cookies I have long since given up trying to pass on her tasty treats!  With her warm smile and open heart, Judy is simply a woman who makes me smile just to be in her presence.  

A few months ago she graciously gave me her recipe for these cookies and I have been holding out on making them for several reasons, not the least of which is I have absolutely no self control when they are in the dining hall and I can only image that would be worse with them in my own home which is why I am giving them away almost as soon as they come out of the oven!

This year Judy's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies will be waiting for Santa as he comes through Nashville!

Merry Christmas and may it be a safe and restful holiday for all!

Judy Lowe's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/4 cups of butter 
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon of sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups of plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups of oats
1 (8 oz.) bag milk chocolate morsels

Also, don't melt your butter. 
Start out with room temperature butter and then mix your sugar, egg, and everything else. 
Roll into balls and space evenly on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake at 325 till just beginning to brown. I always take mine out a little early so you'll just have to play around with it depending on your oven. 
Since there was so much dough, I wrapped the rest in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and put it in the freezer to break out later!
Percy desperately wanted mommy to share the cookies!
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