The cookies that we baked were being sent to Major David Snow a UH-60 blackhawk pilot serving with the 3-10 Aviation from Fort Drum, NY.
I knew immediately what cookies I was going to make. My two favorite cookies, chocolate chip and oatmeal.
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
3/4 stick Crisco Butter Flavor Shortening Sticks or 3/4 Crisco Butter Flavor Shortening
1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces mini chocolate chips (1 cup)
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Beat shortening and brown sugar in large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in milk, vanilla and egg. Stir in flour, salt and baking soda. Blend in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded measuring tablespoons 2-inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies or 11 to 13 minutes for crisp cookies. I chose to bake for the 8 to 10 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet. Transfer cookies to cooling rack.
Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups oats, uncooked
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together shortening, sugars, egg, water, and vanilla until creamy. Add combined remaining ingredients, mix well. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.