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?”
It goes to say, that I learned early on that the way to this man’s heart was through his stomach.
And most importantly….with 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,