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Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal Cookies

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Servings: 72
Categories: Brownies / Chocolate / Cookies / Desserts

12  oz  Semisweet chocolate pieces
    -- melted*
8  oz  Cream cheese, softened
1/2  c  Margarine or butter
    -- softened
1  c  Brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2  c  Granulated sugar
2    Eggs
1/2  ts  Vanilla
1 1/2  c  All-purpose flour
1 1/2  ts  Baking soda
3  c  Quaker Oats, uncooked
    -- (quick or old-fashioned)
1  c  Chopped nuts
    Powdered sugar (optional)

Beat together cream cheese, margarine and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add melted chocolate; mix well. Add combined flour and baking soda; mix well. Stir in oats and nuts; mix well. Cover; chill at least 1 hour. Heat oven to 350 F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are almost set. (Centers should still be moist. Do not overbake.) Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. *To melt chocolate: Place in medium microwaveable bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Or, place in top part of double boiler over hot, not boiling, water; stir occasionally until smooth. Nutrition Information (1 cookie): * Calories 95 * Fat 5g * Sodium 50 mg * Dietary Fiber 0g Source: Quaker Oats Prize-Winning Recipes (Rozena Mahar) Copyright 1994, The Quaker Oats Company Reprinted with permission from The Quaker Oats Company Electronic format courtesy of Karen Mintzias

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