I have a favorite cookbook that is literally falling apart..pages coming loose, pages even have splatters of batter on them. This cookbook is from the 70's and is my old stand by..one that I go to and know something good is going to come out of it when baked. This is a great little recipe I made the first time for my daughters 6th grade class in the 70's...great little find, it is brownie-like yet a cake...really a moist and delicious treat. Teacher called them brownies and wanted the recipe, so I let her think they were brownies. Brings back memories of my young Mommy days!!
2Stir together 1/2 cup chocolate chips, oatmeal, boiling water; let stand 10 minutes. Cream shortening, sugars, vanilla, eggs one at a time; beat well. Sift together cocoa, flour, soda, and salt. Combine with cream mixture; add chocolate mixture. Spread into a greased 9X13 cake pan. Over this sprinkle an additional 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.
3Bake for 35-40 minutes or until done.
Cool and serve with a scoop of Vanilla Ice cream with whipping cream, if desired. OH, and don't forget the Cherry on top!!! (wink)