12 oz semisweet chocolate pieces - melted; *
8 oz cream cheese; softened
1/2 cup margarine or butter - softened
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 cup quaker oats, uncooked - (quick or o; ld-fashioned)
1 cup chopped nuts
1 powdered sugar (optional)
Beat together cream cheese, margarine and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add melted chocolate; mix well. Add combined flour and baking soda; mix well. Stir in oats and nuts; mix well. Cover; chill at least 1 hour. Heat oven to 350 F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are almost set. (Centers should still be moist. Do not overbake.) Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
*To melt chocolate: Place in medium microwaveable bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Or, place in top part of double boiler over hot, not boiling, water; stir occasionally until smooth.
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