My goal is to try to bake at least one new thing every weekend. For you avid bakers, I'm sure that doesn't sound like much, but with everything going on lately - work and moving - I need to keep things simple.
What to bake? Looking through my Mastercook "Recipes To Try" cookbook, this recipe from Martha Stewart sounded tempting: Oatmeal Pecan Chocolate-Chunk Cookies.
I always use chocolate chips in place of chunks - it's easier and usually more economical. Strangely enough, I seek out the cookies in the batch that have the least amount of chocolate chips. Because of this, I cut the amount of chocolate chips down to 10 ounces and there were still plenty. This was a very thick batter and didn't seem like it would need to be chilled first, but I chilled anyway since chilling tends to reduce the amount of spreading. I almost never make big cookies unless I'm giving them away. I like to snack too much and smaller cookies are better for snacking. I made regular-sized cookies and baked them for about 12-13 minutes.
I've tasted the first cookie and it's very good. If you like oats and nuts - and I do - you'll love this cookie. Crispy on the outside, tender and chewy on the inside.
Just for the heck of it, I'll throw in another Martha Stewart recipe - Kitchen Sink Cookies. As the title suggests, this cookie is chock-full of anything and everything. It's a very tasty cookie, but I find that the quality definitely goes downhill quickly, so eat fast or share because they taste best if eaten in the first few days.