Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup shortening or butter
1 1/3 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups oatmeal
1 cup raisins (optional)
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Note: Quick or regular oats may be used, however, regular oats help retain moisture for a chewier cookie.

Sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a bowl, set aside. Cream together shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add to flour mixture and beat until smooth. Add oatmeal, raisins, chocolate chips, and nuts. Mix thoroughly. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Do not over bake.

Testing Comment: This was a good cookie. I didn't need to bake it as long as was suggested.

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