Thursday, February 18, 2010

Nutty Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

My family loves these cookies so much, even a double batch can disappear in a few days. They are hearty and satisfying from the cookie jar or still warm from the oven. These Oatmeal Raisin cookies are the perfect snack for a cold winter afternoon. This recipe makes about 6 dozen cookies.


2 cups butter or margerine
2 cups brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
6 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cups finely chopped pecans
2 1/4 cups raisins

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars. Beat eggs slightly and add to sugar-cream mixture. Add vanilla and blend until batter is uniformly smooth. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until combined and add gradually to batter, mixing well after each addition. Stir in oats, raisins and nuts.

Drop teaspoonfuls of batter onto ungreased cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. Cookie will spread as it bakes. Bake in center of oven, 12-14 minutes. Allow to cool 1-2 minutes before transferring from cookie sheet to cooling rack.


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