Sunday, April 10, 2011

Molasses Oatmeal Cookies

Afternoon Tea by Sir John Everett Millais, 1889 Public Domain found on Wikimedia Commons

Molasses Oatmeal Cookies
Modeled off of "Ginger Creams" in my 1956 Betty Crocker Cookbook, my version is cake like, and sweetened without refined white sugar. I added oats and raisins, you can also add nuts. Make little cookies and they will be perfect for a child's tea party!

1/4 cup olive oil
1 small egg
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup apple juice concentrate (or you could try orange juice, but it might not be as sweet)
1/2 cup raisins

1-3/4 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1    tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Mix wet ingredients, then mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl, and add to the wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Chill dough.
Heat oven to 400F (if you know your oven well, you can adjust this temperature. My 375F is quite hot and 400F tends to burn, so I bake mine at the lower temperature for the same amount of time).
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls a little ways apart on a greased baking sheet (these cookies do not spread very much). Bake until set, about 7 minutes. Cool, if you can-- my family eats them before they get off of the baking sheet!
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