For the holidays, there is no gift appreciated more than simple homemade gifts. Why not get the kids in the kitchen to help, and you have a recipe for holiday giving that is memorable and fun.
Oatmeal cookies are always a favorite, we added chocolate and pecans to a classic. But if that is not the recipe you want, go to www.midstatemills.com for many more recipes or look at last year’s blog entries. We have plenty of cookie recipes that are home economist tested so you know that they will bake up perfectly and that recipes will work.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Raisin Pecan Cookies
Makes about 4 dozen
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
1 ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup chocolate chunks
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted and cooled
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed. Add the eggs and vanilla, and mix well.
Stir in the flour mixture, oats, raisins, chocolate chunks, and pecans.
Drop by rounded tablespoons about 2 inches apart. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for 1 minute and remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Don’t overbake, the center will not be set when you remove the cookies from the oven. They will finish baking on the pan.
Store cookies in an airtight container after they have cooled completely.