One of the very first cookies I ever made was oatmeal cookies. I was in a cooking class and I was probably twelve or thirteen years old. I remember bringing them home and give them to my mom. She is a great cook and baker so, her opinion was very important to me. I used to keep a recipe book where I wrote all the recipes I made, that little book had so many stains and winkled pages and notes…and sadly I have no idea what happened to it and of course I don’t have that recipe anymore. I would pay good money to get that recipe book back in my hands, not just for the recipes but for all the memories. Anyway, this is a recipe that my mother in law gave to me, it was given to her by a friend. This is a delicious recipe, its chewy and sweet, but I wanted to add something special to them. One of my favorite combinations is orange and cranberry so, I added those two flavors to my cookies. The final product is so perfect and delicious! I made this for a Potluck I had with the ladies from church and it was a hit!
This is how I make them.
Orange and Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Category: Baked goods, Dessert, Uncategorized
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cups oats
1 cup of cranberries
For the Icing
1 cup powder sugar
4 tablespoons orange juice
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix the shortening, egg, vanilla extract and orange zest until well combined.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix again until everything is just combined. Don't over mix.
Scoop round balls of cookie dough onto a baking sheet line with parchment paper.
Bake for 10 minutes.
If doing icing, let the cookies cool completely on a cooling rack.
For the icing, mix the powder sugar and orange juice until smooth and thing. Drizzle over cookies. Enjoy!