"I still haven't gotten my oatmeal cookies!" Mom said last weekend. "Just regular oatmeal cookies. Sweet. Chewy." "Like Gramma used to make?" "Yes, like Gramma used to make."
I dug Gramma's recipe out of the old wooden recipe file that I inherited, and the card had a note at the top saying that even then the recipe was 100 years old. It looked straight-forward, but it also looked like it wouldn't make many cookies. I compared the recipe to one I found in Rosie's Cookie Book, and that recipe looked good as well, but not what I wanted. I decided to fly by the seat of my pants on this. The result was a dark, sweet, chewy cookie with crispy edges - just like Gramma used to make.
Ingredients - Makes a bunch of cookies
Preheat oven to 375
Line cookie sheet with parchment or lightly grease them
- 2 sticks of butter (or margarine - I actually used 1 stick butter and one stick Crisco (Butter-flavored)
- 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar (I like dark, but light is fine, too)
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 Tbsp molasses
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger (optional: and/or 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg)
- 3 cups of oats (rolled, quick, or a combination of the two - I like half and half)
- 1 cup raisins
- In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and other spices (if using); set aside.
- Using a mixer and a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Add vanilla, and then molasses. Beat until just a bit fluffy. Turn down mixer to low, and add flour until mixed. Add oats, and then raisins. Add more oats if the mix is too soft.
- Drop batter by rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Allow for spreading. I like to lightly press the balls of dough a bit flat with a fork so that I get a cookie with crispy edges that isn't too fat in the middle.
- Bake 12 - 15 minutes until cookies are golden and edges are starting to darken. Cool on cookie sheets before moving to wire racks.
Comment posted by zorra
at 11/15/2007 11:50:00 AM
Yummie, these look delicious!
Comment posted by Jessica
at 11/5/2007 4:36:00 PM
"Healthy is probably too strong a word, but I will post the Cowboy Cookie recipe (regular and healthy versions) soon.
Comment posted by Judith
at 11/5/2007 4:31:00 PM
Those sound yummy, but I'm curious about your healthy version too. Will you please share? Thanks.