Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Old Fashion Oatmeal Cookies

*I copied this recipe over a decade ago from my Grandmother Jennie's recipe box.  Who knows how long she had it.  That got me to thinking, "What makes a cookie old fashion?"  Whatever the answer is, there is a certain nystalga about this cookie.  Maybe it was me imagining Grandma making them for my Dad as a little boy.  It was like I could feel her celebrating fall with the warm smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice--perfect for the first chilly day of the autumn.  Now, I must admit, I didn't think old fashion meant healthy, but with only 1/2 cup butter in 3 dozen cookies and 3 bananas with 2 cups oatmeal, this is a happy cookie.  Expect a healthy taste.

1/2 cup flour
1/2 t backing soda
2 t cinnamon
1 t allspice
1/2 t cloves
1 t salt
1/2 c butter
1 1/2 c sugar (I took that to mean 1 c brown sugar and 1/2 c white)
1 egg
3 ripe mashed bananas
2 c oatmeal
1 c chopped nuts (I used cashews, as that's what I had)
1 c chocolate chips

Shift dry ingredients together.  Cream butter with sugar until fluffy.  Add egg and bananas mixing well.  Stir in oats, nuts, chocolate chips.  Let stand 10 minutes.  Drop from teaspoon on a well greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.

Yields 40 cookies.

*These cookies will tend to flatten.  I actually left the dough in the refrigerator for more than an hour before baking to help with that.  I also like the thought that I ended up with 41 cookies--after my kiddos and eye snacked on some of the dough--that means Grandma liked dough, too. 

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