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Old 10-03-2007, 10:38 PM   #11
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Old 10-04-2007, 12:45 AM   #12
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If you like your Oatmeal Cookies to be soft, these are the best ever. Unfortunately, I don't like raisins any more, so I haven't made these lately, but you won't be disappointed!

from the Feastivals Files:
BARBARA COOPER'S OATMEAL COOKIES

makes 6-7 dozen

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

1 cup raisins
1 cup water

Simmer over low heat until raisins are plump (about 20-30 minutes). Drain liquid into measuring cup. Add water (or rum) to make 1/2 cup of liquid.

3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups (cane) sugar
2 extra large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix together. Stir in the raisin liquid.

2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon each: ground cloves, mace, nutmeg

Stir together and add to butter mixture:

2 cups rolled oats
the previously prepared raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Add dry ingredients to dough.

Drop rounded teaspoons of dough about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 - 10 minutes.

These cookies will stay soft because of the soft raisins, and the raisins will stay soft because of the liquid they’ve imbibed.


* Barbara Cooper was a friend of mine when I lived in Milwaukee, WI. She met an untimely death in 1972. These cookies are part of her gift to posterity. Rest in peace, dear friend.
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These are also very good with chopped dates in them - love em' !
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:09 AM   #14
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Here's my grandma's recipe. If ever there was a cookie that tasted like love, it's this one.


Grandma Snarr’s Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/4 cups flour
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup nuts, chopped
1 cup raisins

Cream together shortening and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients, saving raisins and nuts till last. Drop spoonfuls on sprayed baking sheet and bake in preheated 350 degree oven until lightly browned. Makes a big batch.
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:12 AM   #15
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Buy a carton of Quaker Oatmeal, the kind that cooks in one minute. Make the recipe for "Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies". I make them with raisins and walnuts. They are the best without question!!
Thats the recipe I use I like to add some coconut,toasted pecans,and craisins to recipe people love them so do I.
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:23 AM   #16
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Buy a carton of Quaker Oatmeal, the kind that cooks in one minute. Make the recipe for "Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies". I make them with raisins and walnuts. They are the best without question!!
Yup....that's the one. Best cookies ever!
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Old 10-06-2007, 01:15 PM   #17
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Cool I'll try the Walnuts. We just use pecans because we pick them up behind the house. Looks like a short crop this year. Oatmeal cookies with Walnuts this week-end!
And here they Are!!!!!!!!!



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They look great,UB. I see you have the requisite glass of milk to wash them down!
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Old 10-06-2007, 01:43 PM   #19
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They look great,UB. I see you have the requisite glass of milk to wash them down!

Cookies without milk is pure sacrilege!!! The walnuts are a nice change from pecans. However, my Southern palate cries for the pecans!
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You're fortunate to have a ready and free supply on hand. Pecans are relatively expensive in the Northeast.
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