Sometimes I just want a simple homemade oatmeal cookie.
No gourmet ingredients in it, please.
Just the old basic Schrafft's oatmeal cookie.
I turn to the recipe in Evans Jones' biography of James Beard,
my favorite chef of all time.
Jones says that "Cookies were more than the understandable sweet bites that bring passing comfort to most children--
they remained one of Jim's mild passions."
James Beard loved Schrafft's Oatmeal Cookies and so do I.
1. Cream 1/4 lb butter and 1 cup sugar together.
[or 3/4 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar]
2. Add 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat till light and fluffy.
3. Stir in 1 1/2 cup oats [old-fashioned, not quick cooking]
4. Mix and stir together 1 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder,
1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon,
1/2 teaspoon allspice.
5. Add the butter and sugar mixture and 1/4 cup milk to the flour mixture
and beat till well blended.
6. Stir in 1 cup raisins and 1 cup chopped walnuts.
7. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheet, 1 1/2 inch apart.
8. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 12 minutes.
Remove and cool on racks.
Other than Jim's own books about his life, Evan Jones'
Epicurean Delight, The Life and Times of James Beard,
is my next favorite book about this complex man who taught
so many people how to cook good food.
Including a simple homemade oatmeal cookie.