After work yesterday I went home and prepared an easy meal of baked potatoes topped with BBQ pork and jalapeños! (cheese, sour cream, etc) I sometimes create a meal around a jalapeño pepper craving. I have to eat something with the peppers and a baked potato seemed like a better choice for Monday night dinner than nachos.
I was pretty tired when I got home after 3 rare nights of insomnia, so I figured it was a night on the couch and early to bed, but after having my jalapeños and B-B-Q, I wanted dessert. I try not to keep a lot of dessert foods in the house because, well, if they are there I'm gonna eat 'em.
Last night that skinny girl inside would not shut up, so I went into my kitchen and whipped up a batch of chewy oatmeal cookies full of good stuff. I don't like raisins, they totally RUIN an oatmeal cookie for me so I pretty much have to make my own because most of the world has been brainwashed into thinking that you put raisins in oatmeal cookies. Chocolate chips are good, but I didn't want a cookie that sweet - I was thinking more like a cookie that I could eat for breakfast because fruit and oatmeal are part of a balanced diet.
My favorite for oatmeal cookies is dried cranberries - way better than raisins. Okay, I'll stop slamming raisins, I know they are probably someone's favorite. I looked through the pantry and found a box of chopped dates from Christmas. (I was going to make date cookies, but never got it done.) So I tossed those in the cookie dough also. And of course - PECANS - because everything is better with pecans. Pecans are the best food in the whole world.
If you want a thick chewy cookie you can tell the dough is ready when you can stand a spoon or spatula up in the dough and it doesn't fall over. If the spoon falls over, you need a little more flour or oats until the dough is nice and thick.
I could just eat the cookie dough raw in spite of warnings about raw eggs.
What can I say, I'm a kid at heart!
I made them fairly small diameter - for my house. They were about about 4" and
I baked them until light golden brown and still slightly gooey in the middle
These were much appreciated by the husband and daughter and I ate
two three myself. I was weak and they were WARM and CHEWY.
Fruit and Oatmeal Cookies
1 cup butter Crisco
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
Beat together until well mixed
1 tsp real vanilla
Beat until fluffy
Combine and add to the mixture above
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups oatmeal
8 oz chopped dates
6 oz dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Mix thoroughly and form into balls, place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper (or just on the pan) and flatten slightly (I swear I took a picture of the dough on the pan, but it wasn't there when I downloaded pictures, sorry)
Bake in a 350 degree convection oven for 10 minutes or at 375 in a conventional oven
Cool slightly before you eat them - just enough so you don't get burned!
Do you have any other suggestions for replacing raisins? I'm open to suggestions.