Raisin and Fruit Oatmeal Cookies

Too lazy to make Fruit and Nut bars.  Found this recipe at Penzey’s and thought I would give it a try.  These are simple to make and very flavorful.

Raisin and Fruit Oatmeal Cookies

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2 cups Old Fashioned Oatmeal (not instant or quick cooking)
1 1/4 cups mixed raisins and dried fruit (I used dried mixed berries and raisins), chopped
1 cup nuts (I used mixed unsalted nuts), chopped
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1 egg
1/4 cup water (you can use fruit juice.  I used apple juice)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (I used 1/2)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place oatmeal in the food processor or blender and pulse into fine crumbs.
  3. Add chopped raisins, dried fruit and nuts to oatmeal in processor.  Pulse until nuts break up.  Set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl cream together the sugars and butter until fluffy.  (I used my stand up mixer).
  5. Add egg, water (or juice), vanilla, salt, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda and flour – mix well.
  6. Fold in the oatmeal/fruit/nut mixture.  Let sit for 15 minutes for the oatmeal to absorb the liquid. If the batter becomes too stiff add 1-2 Tablespoons of liquid (this did not happen to me).
  7. Drop the batter by the Tablespoon onto parchment lined cookie sheets (or greased per Penzey’s recipe.  I haven’t greased a cookie sheet in years.)  Flatten slightly.
  8. Bake 10-12 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool to firm up (about 3-5 minutes) then transfer to rack to cool

I ended up freezing half the batch.  They hold up very  well in freezer.  If I left them all out they would be eaten up….by ME!  Simple and Delicious!!

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