Growing up in a very liberal family of card-carrying Democrats, I wasn't, to say the least, conditioned to develop an adulation of the Bush clan and its matriarch Barbara Bush. But as is so often the case, I read a great deal about her after her recent passing and found much to admire with regards to her life-long dedication to childhood education and literacy.
By making these cookies, I am not tacitly endorsing every damn thing she (or her husband) did or said. She wasn't perfect. But these cookies come close.
Many thanks to my dear friend, Alicia Dietrich for sending me the recipe.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups quick-cooking oats (not instant)
1 (12 ounces) bag semisweet chocolate chips, preferably Valrhona