'Trouble' cookies are worth effort

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Kathy Godwin, who didn't give her address, wrote requesting a recipe for Lots of Trouble Cookies, "which are made with ground oatmeal and chunks of chocolate or chocolate chips."

June M. Miller of Algonquin, Ill., responded with a recipe from Nieman Marcus.

She wrote, "Oddly enough, this was e-mailed to my daughter a few weeks ago. It appears to be close to the request from Kathy Godwin. They sound like they'd be wonderful and lots of trouble. I'd need to grind the oats by hand."

Lots of Trouble Cookies

Makes 112 cookies that can be frozen in zip-lock storage bags

2 cups (4 sticks) butter, softened

2 cups sugar

2 cups brown sugar

4 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 cups flour

5 cups uncooked quick oats, ground fine in a food processor

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 (8-ounce) chocolate bar, grated

24 ounces chocolate chips

3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)

Cream butter and sugars together. Add eggs and vanilla. Add flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Combine well. Stir in Hershey bar, chocolate chips and nuts. Batter will be stiff. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes in preheated 375-degree oven. Cool on wire racks.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "Half a recipe makes more than enough cookies, although they are truly delicious. They have a heartier texture than a regular chocolate chip cookie, with a deep rich chocolatiness from the grated chocolate bar and a faint taste of oatmeal. They are gooey and messy when warm, but just as delicious when cooled. They firm up quite a bit. They indeed take more time than garden-variety chocolate chip cookies --grating the chocolate and processing the oats take time. But it's worth it."

Recipe requests

Rachel M. Uber of Denton is seeking a recipe for Strawberry Pie, which she had "at Shoney's restaurant. It was with whole strawberries and a filling I have not been able to find. It did not contain Jello but there was a thickening, but it was not solid, with whipped cream."

Sherry Bower of Pennsylvania wants a recipe for Poorman's Lobster. "I had one but lost it. The main ingredient was cod. I hope you can find it."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun. 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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