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Friday, March 7, 2008

Hearty Chocolate Chip Bran Cookies

I love these hearty chocolate chip cookies. A recipe I obtained from my mother, a baker extraordinaire. They are soft and chewy in the middle with a crunchy texture from the nuts and bran.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cups walnuts or pecan pieces
1 1/2 cup bran cereal (flakes)
1 1/2 cups quick cooking rolled oats

In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening, both sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

In separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and then blend into the cream mixture. Stir in chips, raisins, nuts, cereal and oats.

Drop from small spoon onto greased baking sheets about 2" apart. I like to flatten them down at bit for a flatter cookie, but that is optional.

Bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on rack.

Makes about 6 dozen.
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