Another Day, Another Cookie

This is the way of it....Pandemic day 132...another cookie.  Today's cookie of choice is oatmeal.  I was paging  through another of the older cookbooks on the shelf.  I actually remember the day that I bought this one.  It was my lunch hour and I stood at the small bookcase in the department store trying to decide if I really needed a second "basics cookbook", of course I did.  I enjoy the cookbooks by Rosso and Lukins.  They were published at a time when cooking was changing, becoming more adventurous.  

My mom baked the very best oatmeal cookies.  They were the basic recipe that she did something magical to...I will never know what it was but they were quite tasty.  Today, though, I was branching out.  I wasn't looking for basic oatmeal, I had hopes of finding something just a but different.   I found a recipe for Lacy Oatmeal Cookies.  These were not basic, they were lacy and they were supposed to be extra special.  Actually, they had me at the words lacy and brown sugar!

Can you see all of the caramelized brown sugar in all of those little cracks and crevices?  So good.   

Lacy Oatmeal Cookies
adapted from The New Basics Cookbook

Yield: 2 dozen (with a small scoop)
Oven:  350°F.

1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper.

Toss the oats, flour, cinnamon, and baking soda together in a bowl.  Set aside.

Cream the butter and both sugars together in a mixing bowl until light.  Beat in the egg and vanilla.  Slowing beat in the dry ingredients, add the raisins and walnuts.

Drop the mixture by rounded teaspoonfuls or use a small scoop, about 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets.  Bake until golden, 10 minutes.  Leave the cookies on the baking sheet for a few minutes to cool slightly; then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.

Try not to eat them all while they are still warm....they are that good!!


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