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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
really are the very best. The molasses makes them much moister
than the recipe on the back of the Quaker Oats box, and if you do cut
up the raisins, even small children who normally despise things made
with big fat raisins may find them unobjectionable.
Beware: the dough is
particularly wonderful, and large numbers of potential cookies may
vanish without a trace.
This recipe came from a 1950s edition of the Betty Crocker cookbook.
1/4 cup sugar
6 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup light molasses
3/4 flour OR 260 grams soft wheat, freshly milled with 1-2 inches of cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1 cup chopped raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts
cinnamon, salt and soda together.
Cream butter and
sugar together. When light and fluffy, beat in the molasses and
Stir in the dry
ingrediens, oats, raisins and nuts.
teaspoons on a greased or nonstick baking sheet. Bake 375°F until turning gold at the edges.
quick-cooking rolled oats (not instant) really do better here than the
regular oats. They absorb liquid faster and the dough has
proper consistency for baking right away. If you must use regular
oats, let the batter sit, refrigerated, for several hours or overnight
Cutting up the
raisins is easy in a food processor--reserve 1/4 cup of the sugar or
flour and process with the raisins. The dry sugar or flour will
coat the raisin pieces as they are cut up so they don't just
conglomerate together into a single pasty mass.
This recipe is
very tolerant of customizations, like using a different dried fruit of
your choice, like dried apricots with cardamom instead of cinnamon; or
increasing the amount of fruit or nuts; e.g.
Very Fruity Oatmeal Cookies:
1 teaspoon ground
1 teaspoon fresh ground
nutmeg or mace
1/8 teaspoon ground
for the cinnamon.
1 1/2 cup dried
3/4 cup dried apricots
3/4 cup dried pears
for the raisins. Chop these very finely in the food
processor with 1/4 cup of the sugar and 1/4 cup of the oats (the sugar
and oats help keep the fruit from sticking into a thick pasty mess).
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