Mum's Holiday Cookies

Life

I thought I’d share with you an ancient recipe passed down through the family…..okay I lied, my mom cut it out of a gold medal flour bag way back when and now we make them every year, but shhhh, I try to make it sound more impressive than it is. Anyways, I will share our cookie recipe with you! I love them, they are SO GOOD! Yum!

Called Fudgy Oatmeal Bars (or Peace Cookies by my mother…which you will understand in a little bit)
You need: 
base of cookies
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup butter (softened)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats (quick cooking or regular is up to you)
chocolate part of cookie
1 package (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate morsels 
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped nuts (we use walnuts)
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1/2 teaspoon salt
They bake at 350 degrees, so make sure to preheat your oven!!
You need a saucepan and a big mixing bowl to start with! Mix together the brown sugar, butter,  and eggs with an electric mixer. In an another bowl mix the flour, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add the flour to the mixture you just mixed and mix all that together! 
Finally! You mix in the oats last! It’s an arm workout to get this all mixed together, lemme tell you!!
In your saucepan over low heat mix together the chocolate, condensed milk, and butter. Stir the whole time so it doesn’t stick!!
When it’s all melted you add in the nuts, salt, and vanilla and stir it all together!
Guess who got to lick to bowl at the end? That’s right, me. 
You split the base mixture into 3 parts, so it looks like a peace sign! (See? Peace Cookies) and you use 2/3 of the mix to put in your pan. Make sure it’s fully covered and pressed down evenly.  
Layer on that chocolately goodness!! (but leave some extra for me, please?)
The remaining third goes on top, a little spread out so the chocolate shows through!
Now bake for 25 min at 350 degrees!!
Now you’re ready to curl up on the couch and relax with a good book, a glass of milk, and a warm cookie! 

By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!