Tuesday, May 27, 2008

In the Vintage Kitchen: Oatmeal Cookies


Love the extra step in this recipe of simmering the raisins beforehand to soften and plump them. I actually substituted dried cherries for the raisins, and since cherries are softer to begin with, the resulting cookies were extremely moist and . . . toothsome!

24 comments:

Laura of Harvest Lane said...

Hi!
I recognize that cookbook and the extra steps!

I love those cookies. I haven't made any in a long time. I'll just have to do that. Boiling the raisins makes them so nice and chewy.

God bless you, Friend.

Laura of Harvest Lane

Anonymous said...

Would you mind sharing the name of the cookbook with a novice baker like me.

Anna said...

This is the all-time best (because it's what I had growing up) cookie cookbook, the Betty Crocker spiral-bound from the late fifties. I was so pleased to find mine at the thrift store last week. Can you believe my mother won't give me hers?

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TNS said...

Wish I could reach out and grab one!

Bridget said...

I just made oatmeal cookies a few days ago! Only I used my Fannie Farmer cook book. Yum!

Maria said...

I too recognized the cookbook. :-) The one I have was my husband's grandmother's.

~Maria

Celeste said...

Which cookbook is it? Is it the Betty Crocker Cooky Carnival from 1957?
I have to tell you, I didn't eat much dinner last night, read about these cookies and looked at Giles' yummy photo right before going to bed, and I had a hard time falling asleep because I so wanted an oatmeal cookie!

Lora said...

I was just thinking last night that some homemade oatmeal cookies sounded yummy. Would you mind to share the recipe?

Jen said...

Yum! I've never simmered mine but I do always soak the raisins for a bit in the egg mixture for the recipe so they are moist and soft! I LOVE oatmeal cookies.

Shannon said...

I thought I recognized that cookbook page! My mom still has the cookie book she got for a wedding present in 1972. My sisters and I borrow it often!

6blessings said...

This is too funny! First the "Miss Suzy Squirrel" book and now the same oatmeal raisin cookie recipe that we always made. I can especially remember making them to take on a road trip. They became our "vacation" cookies. You are certainly jogging some childhood memories!

monana1 said...

I make the oatmeal-raisin cookies that call for simmering the raisins all the time. Nothing like it! Think I'll try dried cranberries!!

Rhonda said...

Once I used golden raisins and soaked them in amaretto overnight....very nice. The last time I made them I substituted dried blueberries. They were absolutely scrumptious.

Marlaine said...

The cookies look yummy--but the pink plate looks even yummier! Vintage Homer Laughlin? (Absolutely love 50's Homer Laughlin decal-wear!) To put it simply, a pink plate can always make me smile! ;-)

Jodi said...

"Singularly toothsome!" one of my eldest son's favorite phrases courtesy of Jeeves and Wooster.

We are dried cranberry oatmeal cookie fans, but the dried cherries sound good and so do Rhonda's dried blueberries! Yum.

Julieann said...

jmOh, what a great tip!! They look yummy.

Julieann

Margo said...

I just made peanut butter oatmeal cookies with my toddler - we used raisins, but we didn't soak or simmer. Now I'm dreaming about how much better they can be next time! Dried cherries sound particularly yummy.

Greta said...

mmm! I love dried cherries!

Anonymous said...

I love old cookbooks too. We have my own and my mother's Better Homes and Gardens Junior Cookbooks, and I make something from one of them every week, on Thursday. (Today it was "Saucy Franks" from the 1958 edition.) Such fun!
-Mrs. G.

good_to_be_home said...

I have that cookbook, too. I guess you have a lot of fellow vintage cookie bakers reading your blog!
I also plump up my raisins by boiling them, it's a must!

muffin said...

Betty Crocker has a website: bettycrocker.com and there are a few oatmeal cookie recipes on it but none mention soaking the raisins first. still, if you can't get the book, this might give you a close 2nd

Jennifer said...

I recognize the cookbook behind the plate - I grew up drooling over it. My mom has the original, and it's falling apart. I recently bought a reprint and it's proudly sitting on my shelf! It's nostalgia, pure and simple.

Lisa said...

All these plump fruits in the oatmeal cookies sound mouth-watering! I have an oatmeal cookie recipe which calls for butterscotch morsels in it, and those are always a hit.

Lisa

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