HOLY HOTCAKES! The Best Oatmeal Cookies and a Giveaway!
We just returned from a visit to my husband’s family in his hometown, Clay Center, Kansas. I’ll spare you all the details of the stomach virus, the teething, and the crazy-one-year-old-on-the-plane.
Instead, let’s talk about food!
First of all, how about a fun food fact for the day: did you know that Kansas is in fact FLATTER THAN A PANCAKE? Yes, that’s right! If you could in fact find a Kansas-sized pancake (or a pancake-sized Kansas?) for comparison, the geology of Kansas is more flat than your average flapjack. (Definitely more flat than the delicious Multi-grain Blueberry Yogurt Pancakes I had for dinner last night!) That was free. 🙂
On a more serious note, I’d like to recommend a local restaurant (in case you’re ever in Clay Center–pop. 5000!). The Kirby House in Abilene, a few towns over, is a restored 1885 mansion, serving traditional midwestern fare of steak, seafood, chicken, and pork in an elegant Victorian setting.
But don’t fret! For all of you that don’t have plans to visit central Kansas any time soon, today we’re giving away an autographed copy of The Kirby House Cookbook! It’s a unique combination of cookbook, home ec textbook, and history book, containing not only well written recipes, but fascinating information about Victorian life, customs, and meal time. Intermingled within the recipe text are tips providing educational information to the novice, plus “A Special Touch” inserts providing elegant entertaining ideas.
I received a copy from my mother-in-law years ago (maybe my first Christmas “in the family”? I can’t remember.) My favorite recipe is the Cinnamon-Sugar Oat Cookies (p. 154)–which I have renamed The Best Oatmeal Cookies–and am sharing with you below. I do a lot of baking . . . and truthfully, I do a lot of eating! So I don’t label these as “the best” without really meaning it! They’re addictive! Oh, and they freeze beautifully, so you can always have some on hand. 🙂
[Of course, I love anything with oatmeal and nuts (like this incredible–albeit time-consuming–Inside Out German Chocolate Cake!) In fact, I can’t stop thinking about this Oatmeal Snack Cake . . . and if my kitchen counter didn’t already have Cinnamon Roll Cake and Cinnamon Streusel Coffeecake and now, 10 dozen Oatmeal Cookies waiting to be eaten, I’d probably go make it now!]
But several of the recipes in this book make a regular appearance in my repertoire: Mexican Chicken with Calico Corn Salsa (p. 92)–I make this salsa every time we have Mexican; Sweet Potato Souffle (p.111); Apple Walnut Loaf with Maple Cream Glaze (p.117); and Plantation Pecan Pie (p.165)–how can something SO easy be SO amazing?!
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But wait! EVERYONE‘s a winner because you all get this recipe for THE BEST Oatmeal Cookies Ever!
The Best Oatmeal Cookies Ever
1 1/4 C (10 oz) dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 C shortening
1/2 C butter, softened
1/2 C granulated sugar (3.5 oz)
2 large eggs
2 T milk
1 T vanilla
1 3/4 C (7.75 oz) all-purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 t cinnamon
2 1/2 C uncooked, quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 C coarsely chopped toasted nuts
10 oz cinnamon chips
Extra granulated sugar for rolling
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, shortening, butter, and granulated sugar. Beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs (one at a time), milk, and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Beat at low speed until a soft dough forms. Stir in oats, nuts, and cinnamon chips.
Place extra granulated sugar in a shallow bowl. Use a cookie scoop (I prefer a #50 disher) to dip out balls of dough and roll each in sugar. Place balls about 2” apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cook for 1 minute before removing from cookie sheets. Cool completely before storing.
Adapted from The Kirby House Cookbook