The Essential Crunchy Oatmeal Cookie
i would like to thank the fine folks at king arthur flour for 
contributing their recipes from their new book, the king arthur flour 
cookie companion, the essential cookie cookbook. 
this oatmeal cookie is crumbly-crunchy, the lightest-textured of all the 
oatmeal cookies we tested. if youre not a raisin-lover, leave them out; 
but we feel both raisins and nuts give a plain oatmeal cookie pizzazz. 
makes 4 dozen cookies 
3/4 cup  (6 ounces) brown sugar
3/4 cup  (5 1/4 ounces) granulated sugar
8 Tbsp  (1 stick, 4 ounces) unsalted butter
1/2 cup  (3 1/4 ounces) vegetable shortening
1 tsp  salt
1 tsp  baking powder
1/2 tsp  cinnamon
1/4 tsp  nutmeg
1/8 tsp  cloves
2 tsp  vanilla extract
1 large  egg
3 cup  (10 1/2 ounces) rolled oats
1 cup  (4 1/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup  (6 ounces) raisins, packed (optional)
1 cup  (4 ounces) diced pecans or walnuts (optional)
preheat the oven to 325f. lightly grease or line with parchment two 
baking sheets. 
in a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugars, butter, shortening, 
salt, baking powder, spices and vanilla, beating until smooth. beat in 
the egg, then add the oats and flour. stir in the raisins and nuts. 
drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. using 
the flat bottom of a drinking glass dipped in sugar, flatten each ball 
of dough to about 1/4-inch thick. 
bake the cookies for about 20 minutes, until theyre golden brown. these 
are supposed to be crunchy, so dont underbake them. remove them from 
the oven and cool on a rack. 
baking time: 20 minutes. 
essential crunchy oatmeal cookie variations: 
chocolate chip-oatmeal cookies: 
add 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips to the essential crunchy 
oatmeal cookie recipe. 
very vanilla oatmeal cookies: 
add 1 vanilla bean, finely ground, to the essential crunchy oatmeal 
cookie recipe. this will add an assertive hit of pure vanilla to your 
trail mix jumbles: 
prepare the essential crunchy oatmeal cookie recipe, replacing the 
raisins with 1 cup (5 1/4 ounces) dried cranberries, and adding 2/3 cup 
(4 ounces) chocolate chips or candy-coated chocolates, and 1/3 cup (1 
ounce) flaked coconut, unsweetened preferred. 
cranberry chews: 
prepare the essential crunchy oatmeal cookie recipe, substituting 1 1/2 
cups (7 7/8 ounces) dried cranberries and 1/2 cup diced walnuts for the 
raisins and nuts. add 1/4 teaspoon orange oil, or 1 tablespoon grated 
orange rind. 
more essential crunchy oatmeal cookie variations: 
oat scotchies: 
prepare the essential crunchy oatmeal cookie recipe, substituting 1 cup 
(6 ounces) butterscotch chips for the raisins and using diced pecans. 
add a few drops strong butterscotch or butter-rum flavor, if desired. 
mocha chip oatmeal cookies: 
prepare the essential crunchy oatmeal cookie recipe, adding 1/2 teaspoon 
espresso powder to the dough, and substituting 1 cup semisweet or 
bittersweet chocolate chips for the raisins, and 1 cup chopped macadamia 
nuts for the pecans or walnuts. 
prepare the essential crunchy oatmeal cookie recipe, adding a few drops 
strong coconut flavor to the dough and substituting 2 cups (6 ounces) 
shredded unsweetened coconut for the raisins and nuts. if you use 
sweetened coconut, reduce the sugar (either brown, or granulated) in the 
recipe by 2 tablespoons. 
personal chef brian koning 
chef2chef recipe club member forum: 
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(ID: 5533) Mirror: Tue, Oct 26, 2004

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