Alyssa loves sharing her family's favorite recipes with the world. She is a wife and a mom who enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee.
Nostalgic Sweet Treat
Waves of nostalgia roll over me every time I head down the cookie aisle at the grocery store. One of my favorite things to do growing up was scaling my grandfather's kitchen counter to hunt for the delicious treats in the corner cupboard. All the best stuff was on the top shelf and nothing was safe from my little hands. I used to also occasionally accompany my grandfather on trips to the store. At one little shop the next town over, there was an entire aisle filled with "pick-your-own" cookies and treats. I was always allowed to make one or two selections.
I have to say, my favorite nostalgic treat is made by Archway. The windmill cookies are a classic and if I ever figure out how to recreate them in my kitchen, I'll be sure to share the recipe!
For now, we're going with an arguably older classic, the oatmeal raisin cookie. These little tricksters are the reason my generation has trust issues. Those raisins looked suspiciously like chocolate chips and that first bite was a harsh reality check. I know some of you are chuckling and nodding your head at the memory of that.
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As an adult, I have found my tastebuds more mature and refined. Foods I once scoffed at I now enjoy. Case in point, these cookies. My husband has actually always enjoyed oatmeal raisin cookies. What a weirdo, right? I'm kidding, but I did recently decide to surprise him with this treat. It was a brilliant success and I thought I'd share the recipe with all of you to enjoy as well.
These oatmeal cookies are timeless and taste just like Grandma used to make!
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup shortening
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups oats
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Sift with a fork.
- Cream sugars and shortening in a separate bowl. Add eggs and mix well.
- Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture. Mix well.
- Stir in oats and raisins.
- Roll the dough into medium-sized balls and place on a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove cookies from the cookie sheet and allow them to cool.
- Enjoy with a glass of cold milk or a hot cup of coffee.