Friday, January 21, 2005

Cowboy Action Cookies

1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup margarine, softened
1/4 cup butter softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
dash of Penzey's vanilla
1/2 cup of mini dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup M and M's regular or dark chocolate


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Cream together shortening, butter/margarine, brown sugar, white sugar, and peanut butter in a large bowluntil smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time until well blended. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the oats and the candy until just combined.
Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets (for a cowboy sized cookie)

Bake for 11 to 15 minutes, until just light brown. (in my oven it's 12 minutes) Don't over-bake. I usually do just a few, check the bottoms to see if they are too brown and then adjust the time for the next cookie sheet full.

After cooling ,store any left in an airtight container.

Helpful Hints:

I used a half and half mixture of butter and margarine. If you use only margaine, don't use tub, use a stick margarine like Blue Bonnet (cooks up really well).

Use two cookie sheets to give one a little time to cool before putting the dough on it. This keeps the cookie from spreading too quickly and ending up with crunchy edges.

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