Every First Lady has a cookie recipe, and this one is supposedly Hillary Clinton’s. She’s not known for her baking skills, but apparently she picks good cookie recipes because these are delicious. Hillary Clinton’s cookies are chocolate chip cookies with oatmeal in them. Instead of just butter, the recipe calls for a mixture of butter and butter flavored shortening. The shortening helps improve the texture.
Update: Over the years the name has been changed to “Clinton Family Cookies”. For the shortening, you can stick with Crisco or use a non-hydrogenated type such as Nutiva. Of course if you want, you can skip shortening altogether and use an all-butter recipe. This Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie from King Arthur Flour is also very good and doesn’t require shortening. It’s a little denser and less cakey than Hillary’s.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip or Hillary Clinton's Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening non-hydrogenated works, or Crisco
- 1/2 cup butter cut- up and kind of cold
- 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 12 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine the flour, salt and baking soda and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together shortening, butter, sugars and vanilla, scraping bowl often, until smooth. Add eggs, beat until light and fluffy. Stir in flour mixture and rolled oats until well blended, then stir in chocolate chips. Drop batter by well-rounded teaspoonfuls on to greased (or parchment lined) baking sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden.
- Let the cookies cool on sheets on wire rack for 2 minutes. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool completely.