Friday, May 14, 2010

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup butter (softened), 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 2 eggs, 1 t. vanilla extract, 3 cups quick oats, 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 package (3.4oz) instant vanilla pudding mix, 1 t. baking soda, 1 t. salt, 2 cups (12oz.) semisweet chocolate chips, 1 cup chopped nuts (optional).

In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugars. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another mixing bowl combine the oats, flour, pudding mix, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 1" apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Yield: about 7 dozen
1 cookie = about 87 calories.
Note: Can use mini chocolate chips in place of regular and also Instant French Vanilla Pudding in place of regular Vanilla Pudding too.

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