After making oatmeal for breakfast, my wife remembered that she used to make oatmeal cookies based on PA Dutch recipe from an old PA dutch cookbook she has had forever. She has not made this for long time for some reason, so she decided to see if they were as good as she remembered. They were! This cookie has a nice soft texture and is an excellent cookie with tea.
The oatmeal, raisins and nuts make this cookie.
1 cup butter (or shortening)
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 Tsp. baking soda
2 Tsp. baking powder
1/2 Tsp. salt
1 Tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 Tsp. grorund cloves
1/2 Tsp. nutmeg
1 Tsp. vanilla
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts toasted)
Toast the oats in the toaster oven stirring frequently until light lightly browned and fragrant.
Toast the walnuts and remove brown skin by rubbing in a dish towel. Let them cool.
Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs in thirds beating well after each addition.
Add dry ingredients including the oats alternately with the buttermilk, mixing until blended after each addition. Blend in the nuts.
Drop by teaspoonful onto creased cooked sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes.
Eating this cookie was like meeting an old friend you haven't seen for awhile. It was as good as we remembered; one of the best cookies ever (not to "oversell" it, of course). It has a soft texture, the oatmeal gives it a bit of "tooth" and the toasted nuts a burst of flavor and crunch. The spices give it a complex range of flavors. Wonder why we stopped making these? Having dusted off the recipe we will be making more...since the ones we just made are almost gone.