JoAnna wasn't able to come to the cookie exchange party b/c of sick kids, but here's the recipe she was going to bring:

You Will Need
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons milk
3/4 cup ground walnuts

What to Do
1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening and confectioners' sugar. Beat in vanilla and maple flavoring. Combine the flour, oats and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture.


2. On a lightly floured surface, shape dough into 1/2-in.- wide logs. Cut into 2-in. pieces. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 15-18 minutes or until set and very lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

3. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and milk; stir until smooth. Dip one end of each cookie into chocolate, then roll in walnuts. Place on waxed paper until set.

Jamie Ivey