Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Best Ever Cookie Recipe

These are oatmeal cookies with a punch of a variety of spices. I think that anyone who eats these, will love 'em!

Cookie recipe:

1 stick salted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
1 cup raisins (optional)
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting recipe:
1 stick salted butter
3 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease 1 or more cookie sheets.

Using a mixer, cream the butter, shortening and brown sugar. Add the eggs and beat until the mixture is light in color. Add the buttermilk.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and allspice in another bowl; stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Fold in the oatmeal, raisins, walnuts and vanilla. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto cookie sheets. Bake until lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the icing: In a small saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; stir in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Stir in enough water (3 to 4 tablespoons) to make the icing drizzling consistency. Drizzle on warm cookies fresh from the oven.

Don't forget to put the extra cookies into an air-tight cookie jar or plastic bag to keep these fresh and moist.


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