Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies copy

Poker night at our house is never anything fancy.  Pizza and beer are staples, but I wanted to have at least some little treat for the boys.  Growing up my father, my impression of men was somewhat tainted.  Although there was more than a fair share of logic and self-reliance delved out, my father also came with emotional support and a desire to verbally process life.  Yep, my dad pretty much ruined me for every other man (who can compete with that?).  Yet, when feeding men, just about all of them ask for the same two things: hearty and basic.  That’s not to say great food and the y chromosome don’t go hand in hand—-I just find that they like things more relaxed, simplified.

Back to the cookies…

So while thinking about men and what I might want to feed them, I decided to go with something that was a staple and hearty, but with a little twist of my own.

1/2 C. Butter, softened
3/4 C. Brown Sugar
1/2 C. Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 t. Baking Soda
2 C. Flour
3 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt (only if you’re using unsalted butter)
1-2 cups Chocolate Chips
1-2 cups Chopped Toasted Pecans

Preheat oven to 350F.  In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until smooth.  Add the eggs and vanilla and mix in completely.  In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients (except the chips and pecans).  Slowly mix half of the dry ingredients into the wet until combined.  Repeat with the remaining dry mixture.  Add the chips and pecans until well distributed throughout the dough.  Bake for 8-12 min, depending on your cookie size, until just golden brown.

(adapted from Quaker Oats’ Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies)