Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal Cookies

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12 oz Semisweet chocolate pieces, melted
8 oz Cream cheese; softened
1/2 c Margarine or butter, softened
1 c Brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 c Granulated sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 ts Vanilla
1 1/2 c All-purpose flour
1 1/2 ts Baking soda
3 c Quaker Oats, uncooked (quick or old-fashioned)
1 c Chopped nuts
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.