chocolate oatmeal cookies

sift together and set aside:
2 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

cream together:
1 cup shortening, part butter
2 cups sugar

beat in:
2 eggs
4 ounces melted chocolate, or
cocoa and oil equivalent to 4 oz. chocolate
3 tbsp cocoa + 1 tbsp salad oil = 1 oz baking chocolate.
(I think the cocoa makes them taste fudgier.)
2 teaspoons vanilla

stir the flour mixture into the shortening mixture,
add 2 cups oatmeal

mix well,
drop on greased baking sheets,
flatten with a fork or fingers,
bake at 350 degrees F
for about 8 to 10 minutes.

NOTE: the baked cookies taste almost the same as the dough,
      but you shouldn't be eating raw eggs these days anyway.

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last update 11-6-99