What better way is there to have fun on a hot muggy day than to fire up the oven and bake a batch of cookies? Ok, so I’m nuts, but you knew that. Remember-- I make chili all summer long. The cookies I made today are so delightfully delicious that I must share the recipe with you. I call them Alternative Oatmeal Cookies:
Preheat oven to 350 d f
Cream together 3/4 cup butter 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar
Stir in one beaten egg
Add 1/4 cup molasses (or dark brown Karo syrup) 1 teaspoon vanilla (I sometimes make that 1/2 vanilla and 1/2 rum extract)
Sift or whisk together 1 cup all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (optional, but really adds to the flavors)
Add flour mixture then stir in 3 cups quick-cook oatmeal
Add white chocolate chips, dried fruit (cranberries or cherries are best I plump them by soaking them in water 5-10 minutes) and chunked white nuts like macadamia or raw almonds. Add as much or as little as you wish.
Drop onto baking sheets, bake 12-15 min. or whatever time is best for your oven. They will be soft and chewy.
And very deliciously yummy, especially with rum extract!
Louise and Duane