Guli Fager of Baltimore has never been a big fan of traditional chocolate chip cookies, and she thinks that's because her grandmother's version was so much more interesting. "The clove and cinnamon really bring out the flavor of good dark chocolate chips," Fager says, "and adding oatmeal and nuts makes them practically a healthy snack." Fager's grandmother died in 2009 and her recipe card had water damage, so Fager recreated it as best she could. "The spiciness makes them go well with other holiday foods and beverages," she says.
Makes 40 cookies
2 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
generous dash of ground cinnamon
generous dash of ground cloves
2 sticks butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup chopped candied ginger
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 package of chocolate chips
2 handfuls of chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 375. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, oats, cinnamon, cloves. Set aside.
Cream until smooth: butter, sugars, ginger. Then add vanilla, eggs, chocolate chips and walnuts. Mix with spoon until evenly distributed. Mix in dry ingredients a little bit at a time until batter is even. Put spoonfuls of batter on cookie sheet (about 1 1/2 inch in diameter) and bake10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks before storing.