Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

My mom made raisin cookies for my dad and brothers. They are a soft cookie that has a surprise ingredient of molasses that pairs well with the cinnamon and raisins.

Ingredients

1 1/4 old fashioned rolled oats

3/4 C all purpose flour

1 t cinnamon

1/2 t baking powder

1/2 t salt

8 T butter or Crisco® softened¹

2 T molasses

1/2 C brown sugar

1 egg

1 t vanilla

1 C raisins²

Directions

Combine dry ingredients in medium sized bowl and set aside.

In large bowl add butter, sugar, and molasses and beat until fluffy.

Add eggs and vanilla and mix until incorporated

Add dry ingredients in thirds.

Add raisins and combine

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 4 hours

Preheat oven to 350º F  Cover two cookie baking sheets with parchment paper

Drop dough by teaspoonful two inches apart and bake 15-17 minutes or until golden brown

Remove to cooling rack.

Serve

Note

1 My mom would use Crisco® in place of butter. The cookies were more cake like with Crisco.

2 Chopped dates also go well with this dough

My Grandmother’s Date Bars

Ingredients

3 cups dates

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 cup walnuts chopped- optional

1 3/4 cup flour

1 1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal

1 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 t baking soda

1 t cinnamon

1/2 t nutmeg

1/8 t cloves

1/2 t salt

Directions

Oven 350º  8×8 buttered baking panned

Mix flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, baking soda,spices, and salt in medium bowl and set aside.

Add dates,water, and sugar over medium heat. Stirring constantly until mixture thick and begins to bubble. Cool and add walnuts if desired.

Gradually using fingers blend in the butter until all the ingredients are totally combined.

Place half of crumb mixture on bottom of pan and press until firm. Pour  in date mixture and spread. Sprinkle remaining crumble mixture and press down gently.

Bake 40-45 minutes for 8×8 pan and 25-30 minutes in 13×9.  Cool, run knife around edges of pan and then cut into bars.