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My favorite memories have all centered around friends and family enjoying a meal together! It might have been a special holiday or a celebration, or it might have been dinner with friends at a great restaurant. I hope you will enjoy some of my favorite recipes and take time to fellowship with those seated at your table. You might make a memory to last forever!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Cookies and Milk

Who doesn't like cookies!?  For the past two nights I have wanted a cookie...any flavor, any size...even store bought!  Of course, if I have time, I prefer homemade cookies!  I decided to make each of my son's favorite this week and tonight it was Oatmeal Raisin for Ben!  With the addition of cinnamon, it becomes a comfort food; great for a cold, winter evening! Serve with a glass of cold milk as you snuggle by the fire!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

3/4 cup Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
2 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled-oats
1 cup raisins

HEAT oven to 350ºF. Coat baking sheets with no-stick cooking spray

Beat shortening, sugar and brown sugar in large bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in small bowl. Beat into shortening mixture until smooth. Stir in oats and raisins. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheets.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes. Place on cooling rack to cool completely.

Substitute Ingredients:
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

1 cup walnuts
1 cup pecans

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