Like most couples, hubby and I went through the ‘get to know you’ faze when we were dating.

I asked him some pretty important questions on our first date. Like….

‘Are you a dog or cat lover?’ 

‘Do you have any hobbies?’

‘What’s your sign?’

Hubby, on the other hand, seemed to have only one question on his mind.

“Do you cook?”

 I learned early on that the way to this man’s heart was definitely through his stomach.

But it wasn’t until AFTER we were married that I found out just how much he LOVED chocolate!

Shortly after we were married, one of the first chocolate treats I baked for him were these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies1

At the time, hubby had been bragging about how he could make a MEAN chocolate chip cookie-and he challenged me to a bake-off.

Not one for turning away from a challenge-I said-‘Bring it on!”  Of course, the poor man didn’t know I had a secret weapon.

Can you guess what my secret weapon was?

No?’s almond extract!

Yep-nothing fancy here.  Except maybe the AMAZING flavor that it brings to the dark chocolate that is also in these cookies!!

And yes, I won the bake-off-although I must say hubby’s cookies were pretty good too!

So whenever he gets a hankering for a chocolate cookie-I always make sure the cookie jar is filled with his favorite!

Here’s the recipe!  Enjoy!

Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 42
A super moist cookie with dark chocolate and almond flavor.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1 cup shortening
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1 cup white sugar
  4. 2 eggs well beaten
  5. 1/2 tsp almond extract
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1 tsp baking soda
  8. 2 cups flour
  9. 3 cups quick oatmeal
  10. 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  11. 6 oz dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, combine- flour, salt, baking soda and oatmeal. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening, eggs and sugars. Add almond extract. Slowly stir in dry mixture. Fold in chocolate chips.
  2. Chill mixture for 15-20 minutes. Form cookie dough into small balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, before placing on cooling rack to cool completely.
 Happy Baking!

Blessings and hugs,






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