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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cookies for Christmas - Oatmeal Raisin

I asked Dale what he wanted for Christmas cookies this year.  He said "oatmeal raisin"; no special decorative, make once a year cookie but everyday oatmeal raisin. He gets hungry for a sweet and I'd better plan to make a small batch because he eats a half dozen and that is fine. 

So for everyone that hates math, you will stick your tongue out at me.  I halved the recipe.

Full Quantity     Ingredient            Half Quantity
3/4 cup               softened butter    3/8 cup
3/4 cup               brown sugar        3/8 cup
3/4 cup               sugar                   3/8 cup
2                         eggs                     1
1 teaspoon          vanilla                 1/2 tsp
1 teaspoon          baking soda        1/2 tsp
1/2 teaspoon       salt                      1/4 tsp
1 1/2 teaspoon    cinnamon            3/4 tsp
2 3/4 cup            oats                      1 3/8 cup
1 cup                  raisins                  1/2 cup
1/2 cup               ground nuts         1/4 cup
1 1/4 cup            flour                     5/8 cup

Work those fractions!  I don't have a measuring cup that has an 8th on it so I "eyeballed it".  You always start a recipe by creaming butter and sugars.
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I creamed ya! - butter and sugars
 Then I mix in the eggs, the spices, and the baking soda.  Once those are well blended together I added the oatmeal and raisins. (Good thing I didn't forget those two or they would not have been oatmeal raisin cookies!)

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Oatmeal & Raisins
 I don't have a nut grinder.  But who needs one when you have a bag you can seal and a rolling pin?

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Walnuts ready to be "ground" or beaten?
 Well beaten walnuts look just like ground walnuts.  But you need to be careful because you can beat a hole into the side of the bag and then you have a really nutty mess.

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Crushed Walnuts
 Mix the crushed walnuts in as you mix the flour. Then you can start rolling them into teaspoon sized balls.

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Scoop up the dough
 I have used my teaspoon and tablespoon scoops for years depending on if I want to make a regular size or jumbo size cookie.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. A few cookies ended up browner than what I like them but they weren't burn.  Baking with A.D.D one should always use a timer.

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