Weather and Autumn brings out the recipe box…I love old fashioned recipes!
The weather has been changing here in Texas, it seems to be eighty degrees one day and in the fifties the next. I’m not sure if it’s normal for this area of the country. My new friends here talk about this being winter and I ask, “Where?” Winter is just a matter of perception.
Growing up in Michigan, you learn, winter starts as early as October and lasts, some years, well into April. So, with that thought, winter is a matter of perspective. Winter that only lasts two months is not winter to me but to my new friends, it’s cold and time to stay inside. Winter in Michigan lasts so long, if we were to stay inside, we couldn’t see the sun for six months.
It doesn’t matter where I am spending my winter though. The “nesting” urge inside me is kicking into full speed. Living in an RV full time doesn’t allow me to make too many changes to decorations but one thing I can’t get away from is my urge to bake. So one chilly afternoon, I pulled out the Kitchen Aid and went to work. Before long, I had these tempting Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies on my counter. Pairing these with a cup of Crockpot Hot chocolate and the afternoon became perfect, no matter whether it was winter or late Autumn.
OLD FASHIONED OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES
*Notice: These cookies are made with butter flavored Crisco, hence, the “old fashioned name.” I don’t know many modern bakers still using Crisco. It’s always been a staple in my house and in my mother’s kitchen before me. Don’t know how to bake some of my recipes without it. It is the cause of these cookies staying soft for days.
- 1 ½ cups butter flavored Crisco
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 ¾ cup flour
- 4 cup oatmeal (I use Old fashioned oats)
- 1 ½ cup raisins
Cream Crisco and brown sugar in mixer or by hand for at least five minutes. Add eggs, one at a time. Then add vanilla, baking soda and flour. Mix in oatmeal. Then gently stir in raisins. Bake at 350 degrees for 11 – 13 minutes, depending on size.