Dusty's favorite Birthday treat is one (or twenty) Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. He especially likes them when they are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. The special secret is to soak the raisins beforehand so they get plump and moist. Try this:
1 cup butter, room temp
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 T vanilla
1 -1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinammon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 cups oatmeal (quick cooking or old fashioned, not instant)
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Soak the raisins: beat eggs and vanilla together and then add the raisins, stir. Soak for an hour or two.
Preheat to 350 F
Cream butter and sugars with mixer. In a seperate bowl mix flour, salt, baking soda, cinammon, ginger & nutmeg.
Stir the dry ingredients until well blended. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix well.
Add in the egg & raisin mixture. Add oatmeal and the optional chocolate chips/nuts and combine well.
Form into balls on cookie sheet. Bake 10-13 minutes, depending on your oven (keep a watch out). Let cool on cookie sheet for 2-5 minutes or until firm enough to transfer to wire rack.
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies (large ones) or about 4 dozen smaller ones.