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Buffalo Chip Cookies

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Irene remembers her mother, Dorothy Cassidy Gayden, making these cookies when she was growing up in the 1940s and ’50s on the Sunnyslope Plantation in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Irene always assumed that the recipe originated in Texas because “All we’ve got here is alligators and snakes. We don’t have buffalo in Louisiana!”
  All purpose flour 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Baking powder 2 Teaspoon
  Baking soda 2 Teaspoon
  Butter 1 Cup (16 tbs) (2 Sticks, At Room Temperature, You May Use Land OLakes)
  Vegetable shortening 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Light brown sugar 16 Ounce (1 Box)
  Granulated sugar 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Eggs 4 Large
  Vanilla extract 2 Teaspoon
  Old-fashioned rolled oats 2 Cup (32 tbs) (Not Instant)
  Cornflakes 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Semisweet chocolate chips 12 Ounce (1 Package)
  Chopped pecans 1 Cup (16 tbs)

Makes about 3 dozen large cookies
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper (do not use nonstick cooking spray).

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside. Place the butter, shortening, and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium speed until creamy. Reduce the speed to low and add the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla. Add the flour mixture a little at a time, and blend until smooth. Remove the bowl from the stand. Mix by hand from this point forward. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to fold in the oats, cornflakes, chocolate chips, and pecans, if desired.

These cookies are gigantic. Use a tablespoon to drop 2 heaping spoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheet for each cookie, placing the cookies about 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to let cool completely.

sugar mommas nifty gadget: Use Wilton’s large cookie scoop to get that big ol’ cookie size!

sass it up: Try different add-ins according to your preferences. Remove inclusions you don’t like and toss in raisins, dried cranberries, coconut flakes, walnuts, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, or vanilla chips instead.

The recipe is excerpted from Sugar Sugar written by Kimberly “Momma” Reiner and Jenna Sanz-Agero. The recipe was originally submitted by Irene Mangum from Dorothy Cassidy Gayden’s recipe, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.
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Recipe Summary

Whenever Irene made these cookies as an adult, people asked for the recipe, which she was glad to pass along. Irene claims that she was usually talking so fast, she forgot to add one instruction: “Mix by hand.” Irene hates to admit that she forgot that vital instruction on more than one occasion, and that, perhaps, after a few incidents, all her friends threw the recipe away. Her friend Zeita Parker couldn’t wait to go home and make Irene’s Buffalo Chip Cookies for her children. She wanted any excuse to use the brand-new stand mixer (the latest model) her mother-in-law had given her as a gift. Back in the late 1960s, it was like the latest model iPhone, but for the kitchen. Irene was kind enough to share her recipe. Zeita proceeded to make the cookies as instructed, adding all the ingredients to the bowl of her fancy kitchen appliance. The dough was so dense and chunky that the mixer jumped right off the counter like a scene from The Twilight Zone. It was whirling around on the floor possessed, throwing cookie dough into every corner of the kitchen! Even though the mixing bowl broke, the incident was so funny that it has provided years of intense, tear-inducing belly laughs. We will guide you safely through this recipe, but trust us when we tell you it’s time to mix by hand.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 419 Calories from Fat 172

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 20 g30.4%

Saturated Fat 7 g35.2%

Trans Fat 0.9 g

Cholesterol 44.3 mg14.8%

Sodium 178.2 mg7.4%

Total Carbohydrates 58 g19.3%

Dietary Fiber 1.9 g7.6%

Sugars 33.2 g

Protein 5 g9.8%

Vitamin A 5.5% Vitamin C 1.1%

Calcium 3.9% Iron 12.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Buffalo Chip Cookies Recipe