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A Batch of Love

Mix It Up with Jenny

August 25, 2009
Family Features

Back-to-school time is exciting and a little bit scary - for parents and kids alike. Whether the kids are headed off to elementary school, high school or college, they could all use a little extra love.

I've found that a batch of favorite cookies is a simple way to show love to the kids - without embarrassing them in front of their peers! A couple of cookies tucked into the lunch box or a whole batch shipped off to the dorm can do wonders for someone needing a little taste of home.

Oatmeal Scotchies

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(Makes 4 dozen cookies)

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

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Nutrition Information per serving: 130 calories; 60 calories from fat; 6g total fat; 4.5g saturated fat; 20mg cholesterol; 100mg sodium; 17g carbohydrate; 1g fiber; 11g sugars; 1g protein

Source: Nestl For packing tips, cookie recipes and information on how to get a Limited Edition Please Send Cookies plate, visit www.PleaseSendCookies.com.

Jenny Harper is Senior Culinary Specialist for the Nestl Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or grated peel of 1 orange

3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats

1 2/3 cups (11-ounce package) Nestl Toll House Butterscotch Flavored Morsels

PREHEAT oven to 375 F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 7 to 8 minutes for chewy cookies or 9 to 10 minutes for crisp cookies. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

PAN COOKIE VARIATION (Makes 4 dozen bars):

Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until light brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

 
 

 

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