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!
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? Well..it’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!
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs well beaten
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 3 cups quick oatmeal
- 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 6 oz dark chocolate chips
- 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.
- 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.
Blessings and hugs,