Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Taste of Fall

We had pumpkin pancakes for breakfast the last two mornings.  Yummmmmy!  If I had it my way we'd have them every morning, along with any other fall flavored treat you can think of.  Cinnamon, nutmeg, apples, pumpkins, walnuts, cranberries....I can go on.  But instead I'll leave you with a great oatmeal cookie recipe I came up with.  As my friend put it, "It tastes like fall." Bake up a batch and you'll thank me.

Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon molasses
1 3/4 cups flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
1/2 cup walnuts

1.  In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer until creamy.  Add sugar, molasses, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves.  Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.  Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.  Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer.  Stir in any remaining flour.  Stir in rolled oats, craisins, and walnuts.

2.  Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until edges are golden.  Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute.  Transfer to cooling rack.

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