Last year, Ron, one of my pastors, made us some oatmeal cookies. They were amazing and I immediately asked for the recipe. He told me they are his wife Marilou's favorite cookies and he doesn't junk them up (put nuts or raisins in them).
I made them a few times before I realized what the difference is that I like so much: the flavorings are only salt and vanilla, no spices. I do like cinnamon and such, but oatmeal cookies without it taste buttery and nutty. Try making your favorite oatmeal cookie without the cinnamon - just add salt and some vanilla. Unlike Ron, I do regularly "junk them up" with raisins and nuts.
Most recently, I took a batch with walnuts in them to Easter dinner to go with a big fresh fruit salad. Now the rest are in my cookie jar. Between children's snacks and my husband, they'll be gone soon.
UPDATED with recipe
Marilou's Favorite Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 c. vegetable shortening
1/2 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
scant 1/2 c. white sugar
3 generous cups quick oats
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. WW pastry flour
1/2 c. white flour (or use all white flour here)
3/4 c. junk, like raisins and/or nuts
Make small balls on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 11 minutes.
I am a wife and mother of two. I am a stay-at-home mom, part time cookbook editor, a Mennonite, and a city dweller. I like to make things (see the blog categories below). This blog is a record of what I make and the ways I try to be thrifty. Welcome!
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