Cream shortening and sugars. Add vanilla, eggs and yogurt. Beat by hand 1 minute. Sift flour, soda and salt; add wheat germ. Combine with wet mixture and add oats and chocolate chips. Mix well. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto greased cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake in 375 degrees F oven for 8-12 minutes, depending on whether you want soft chewy cookies or brown and crunchy ones. Cool slightly before removing. Makes about 6 dozen cookies.
By Robin from Washington, IA
Could someone please explain what "shortening" is? I live in South Africa, so I would also appreciate the brand name, if possible, of similar products available in SA.
Editor's Note: Shortening is hydrogenated vegetable oil. It is similar to lard but made from oil. Sometimes butter or margarine can be used as a substitute. Crisco is a popular one here in the states.
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