Oatmeal Crispies - one of my Favorite Cookies
Oatmeal Crispies, my favorite oatmeal cookies
I have always loved oatmeal cookies, but this recipe is my very favorite. These are called oatmeal crispies, and I first had them many years ago at a get together where lots of ladies brought some food to share. One sweet lady, brought these humble looking little cookies, and while they don't look like much, they taste wonderful! I had to have the recipe, and she very kindly shared it with me! She made a point to find me later, give me a recipe card, and even put it in a little plastic sleeve that perfectly fits the card. I just love sweet people like this! We need more like her in the world. Anyway, this is my version of the recipe, though its very close to hers. I have had compliments when I have taken these somewhere. I hope you enjoy them as much as I and my family have.
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees
2 and a 1/2 cups of oatmeal (not the quick cooking kind of oatmeal, just regular)
1 cup of shortening
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of white sugar
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1 and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
1 and 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
Raisins, to suit your taste (I always add raisins to this, its part of what I love about them)
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts (I don't always use walnuts, but I may add a 1/4 cup or so)
1/4 cup of flaked coconut (optional)
Directions for Oatmeal Crispies
First, you want to cream the shortening and sugar thoroughly.
Next, add the eggs and vanilla and beat well.
Sift your dry ingredients well, then add, and mix well.
Next, add your oatmeal, raisins, and any nuts you want in your cookies. Mix well
Make walnut sized balls out of this dough. Put these on your baking sheet or baking stone, and bake them at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until they are slightly brown.
I love to use a baking stone for just about all my baking needs.
Nutrients in Oatmeal
The same nutrients found in oatmeal, will obviously be found in the cookies. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber, which is great for all of us. It also has many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Just because in this case we are having our oatmeal in cookies, it doesn't detract from the nutrients you get from oatmeal. You may just have to work off a few more calories is all. From lowering cholesterol, to reducing the risks of heart disease, to lowering certain diabetes, oatmeal can help so many things. Like we needed any extra reasons to make these cookies, haha.
I hope you like the cookies, and let me know if you try the recipe!