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SEE HOW THE COOKIE CRUMBLES
DEAR MELBA: It's April, and everyone I know likes cookies. So, let's see how the cookie crumbles.
LAYERED CHOCOLATE OATMEAL COOKIES
1 package (16 ounces) milk chocolate chips
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9-by-11-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. In top of double boiler, heat chocolate chips, milk and butter, stirring until chocolate chips dissolve.
In food processor, process brown sugar, flour, salt and oatmeal until crumbly. Spread about 2 1/4-cups crumb mixture in prepared pan. Pour chocolate mixture over top and sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Do not stir. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden. Cut into 1 1/2-inch squares. It'll yield about 3 dozen bars.
DAVE FARRINGTON, MIDWEST CITY
DEAR MELBA: Since many people are in the process of planning and planting our physical gardens, I thought you might want to include some ideas for our spiritual gardens.
PLANT FOUR ROWS
Plant four rows of squash:
Squash negative thinking.
Plant four rows of turnips:
Turn up for church,
Turn up whenever needed,
Turn up with a friendly smile,
Turn up with determination to be a better person.
Plant four rows of lettuce:
Let us soar to new heights,
Let us come together in harmony,
Let us share God's love, and
Let us practice forgiveness.
This will produce a good harvest!
CAROL JACKSON, N.C.
DEAR MELBA: I recently saw in The Oklahoman that the company that makes Ball jars will be coming out with a blue jam commemorating the 100th anniversary of the company. Do you know where in Oklahoma City we might find this product? I know it could be ordered from the company, but I would like to find it here.
HELENE PARKER, OKLAHOMA CITY
DEAR MELBA: My awesome mom, Kathryn Jones, 1404 N 13, Duncan, OK 73533, will be 98 years old on Friday. She would love to hear from your faithful readers. They are the best!
SANDRA JORAY, OKLAHOMA CITY
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