Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hurricane Treats!

Miraculously, we have not lost power yet. Perhaps we won't end up losing it after all. I am hopeful, but it's hard to tell whether we'll be that lucky or not. I have no idea how much longer this storm is supposed to go on. What I do know, is the weather is supposed to be glorious tomorrow, and in fact, all week.

We are on the east side of the eye, which means we are having more wind than rain.

Around noon-ish, I decided to tempt fate and make a batch of cookies: oatmeal with cranberries and walnuts. Tried and true and wonderful, so I'll share the recipe here.

1 cup butter ( or margarine), softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark -- doesn't matter -- whatever you have on hand)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups old fashioned oats
3/4 cup flour (preferably unbleached)
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
(or if you don't have whole wheat flour on hand, use 1-1/2 cups regular flour)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars, then beat in eggs and vanilla.

In another bowl, mix oats, flour, baking soda, and salt, and gradually add to the creamed mixture.

Stir in walnuts and cranberries.

Drop by teaspoons 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten the rounded balls of dough slightly.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove to wire racks to cool.

Makes about 4 dozen.

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