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Cook's Illustrated January/February 1997
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sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter,
softened but still firm
cup light brown sugar
cup granulated sugar
cups all-purpose flour
teaspoon baking powder
teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
cups rolled oats
1. Adjust oven racks to low and middle positions; heat oven to 350
degrees F. In bowl of electric mixer or by hand, beat butter until creamy. Add
sugars; beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs 1 at a time.
2. Mix flour, salt, baking powder and nutmeg together, then stir them
into butter-sugar mixture with wooden spoon or large rubber spatula. Stir in
oats and raisins.
3. Form dough into sixteen to twenty 2-inchballs, placing each dough
round onto one of two parchment paper-covered large cookie sheets.
until cookie edges turn golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes. (Halfway
during baking, turn cookie sheets from front to back and
them from top to bottom.) Slide
cookies on parchment onto cooling
rack. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving.
Date Oatmeal: Substitute
1 1/2 cups chopped dates for the raisins.
Ginger Oatmeal: Omit
raisins and add 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger.
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal:
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate
for the raisins.
Nut Oatmeal: Omit
raisins, decrease flour to 1 1/3 cups, and add
ground almonds and 1
cup walnut pieces along with oats.
can be ground in food processor or blender.
Orange and Almond Oatmeal:
Omit raisins and add 2 tablespoons
orange zest and 1 cup
toasted chopped almonds (toast
350-degree F. oven for 5 minutes) along
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