Friday, November 02, 2007

Farm-style Oatmeal Cookies

These are, bar none, my favorite cookies, and the dough, bar none, is my favorite cookie dough to eat raw! Try it and you'll see why.

2 cups packed brown sugar (living where we do, I can't get brown sugar, so I substitute with 2 cups regular sugar and 2-3 Tbsp of molasses)
1 cup lard or shortening
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups quick-cooking oats
1 & 3/4 cups all-purpose* or whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt

* If using self-rising flour, omit baking soda & salt.
  • Heat oven to 375 F (approx. 190 C).
  • Mix brown sugar, lard/shortening, buttermilk, and vanilla.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  • Place about 3 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet (I line mine with parchment paper).
  • Flatten with the bottom of a glass that has been dipped in water.
  • Bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes.
  • Immediately remove from cookie sheet and let cool on a rack.

MAKES ABOUT 7 DOZEN cookies, which will all be promptly eaten. :)

Thanks to Betty Crocker for the recipe- these are totally yummy!


wendy said...

I looove oatmeal cookies and I'm going to make these the moment I stop writing. I too love to cook primarily because I want my family to have healthy food and there are entirely too many preservatives in prepared foods. No wonder 50% of the country is overweight. I am a Christian but wondered what you meant by "recovering feminist?"

Jess said...

Hi Wendy...
Glad to give you a new recipe to try... oh you won't believe how scrumptious these are! :)

As for the "recovering feminist" title, HERE'S AN ARTICLE I wrote about my general thoughts on this, called "Why I am a 'Recovering Feminist'".

I think our generation (I'm 28, if that helps you figure out what generation I'm in) was sold a bunch of lies from feminists and many of my generation are still struggling to sort out their lives because of how it was engrained into them.

The article I wrote really sums up my thoughts on feminism.

Hope this helps answer your question! Thanks for your comment~

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe, it was always my favorite when my mom used to make them. That version of the cookbook is out of print and I couldn't find the recipe. By the way, I read your recovering feminist blog and cannot agree with you more. I myself find issues that I know better than to biblically think, but feel stubborn on them none the less. I am a work in progress! I do believe you have crystallized the thoughts of many. I have learned not to compromise my beliefs regardless of pressure and I do tend to find that most that would, and seem to, disagree with you have no footing with Christ. Have a wonderful Christmas and I will definitely be looking over your other recipes!

Roena said...

We have enjoyed this recipe at the cabin using homemade sour milk instead of buttermilk for many years. Last week I tried using an 8-oz container of Yoplait vanilla yogurt in place of the Buttermilk. It made a very moist delicious cookie. For variation try using dried cranberries and a berry yogurt.