Cream together until well blended:
1 cup real (salted) butter, softened
1 cup butter-flavored (or white if that's all you have) shortening
3 cups packed brown sugar (dark is best, but light is fine, too)
1 cup white granulated sugar
Add and mix:
2 tsp. Vanilla
4 cups bread flour (AP is okay, too)
2 tsp. Baking soda
1 3/4 tsp. Salt
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. Baking powder (this helps the cookies not be so flat at this high elevation. If elevation isn't an issue, the. Omit baking powder and increase salt to 2 tsp.)
6 cups quick cooking oats
Optional: chocolate chips to taste.
Bake at 350 in a convection oven for 7-9 minutes or in standard oven at 375 for 8-10 minutes.
Since Jeff likes cookies nice and soft (I call it "warmed up cookie dough), we go for the 7 minute bake. I like them crunchier myself. And we all like just the dough.
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