If you are subscribed to my newsletter you will know that, although I love warm and tropical climates, I miss the winter for Christmas.
Warming up over some hot chocolate with cookies does not sound very pleasant in temperatures around 30 C.
One way of making up for what I am missing has been facebook. I very much enjoy looking at all the exquisite Christmas cookie creations many talented bakers have been making. Once a day I am posting my daily favorite on my facebook page.
Another way is going through past cookie creations of mine. While doing that I came across these lovely oatmeal walnut raisin cookies.
They are really easy to make more “Christmassy” by adding spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or all-spice.
- ⅔ c. butter, softened
- ⅔ c. white sugar
- ½ c. packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- optional spices ½ tsp. cinnamon, 1 dash nutmeg, 1 dash all-spice
- ¾ c. all-purpose flour
- 1¼ c. uncooked quick cooking oatmeal
- 1 c. each raisins and coarsely chopped walnuts (I also added some chocolate chips)
- Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly grease cookie sheets or use parchment paper. In large bowl beat butter, sugars, egg and vanilla (and spices) at medium to high speed until fluffy. Reduce mixer speed to low, add flour and oatmeal, increase mixer speed gradually and beat just until blended. Stir in raisins and nuts.
- Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough 2½ inches apart onto prepared sheets. Bake for about 17 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned and tops look dry. Cool on sheet for 5 minutes. Remove to rack to cool completely.