Oatmeal cookies! Total comfort food. I've been wanting to make this recipe and yesterday seemed like a good day. Of course I made some changes to the recipe but they were not changes that affected the outcome too much. I did not add pecans but added raisins instead. I added a teaspoon of cinnamon with the flour mixture.(so many oatmeal cookies recipes do not include cinnamon and I think that it's just a necessity with oatmeal cookies!). And lastly, Pioneer Woman rolled her dough into a log and then sliced the cookies. I just used my cookie scoop. I know a lot of people will be disturbed by the fact that there is no butter in this recipe - just shortnening. I do not have a problem with using shortening occasionally and it really adds to a pleasant texture. You will not miss the flavor of the butter. These cookies have a lot of flavor and a great texture. The outside of the cookie was really crunchy and the inside slightly chewy. The longer you bake them, the crunchier they become throughout. After mine sat overnight, they became a little softer but still really really wonderful. I highly recommend this recipe. I will definitely make it again. Oh, and it's a very quick dough to throw together and easy to handle. You will love them.!
Check out the Pioneer Woman's website for more awesome recipes. (Her angel sugar cookie recipe is one of my favorites).
1 cup Shortening (Crisco)
1 cup Packed Brown Sugar
1 cup Sugar
2 whole Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
3 cups Quick Oats
½ cups Finely Chopped Pecans
In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening with both sugars until well combined.
In a separate bowl, beat eggs together. Add vanilla and stir to combine. Add to the shortening/sugar mixture and mix well.
In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt and baking soda. Mix carefully into the egg/shortening mixture until well combined. Now add the quick oats and mix well again. Finally add the finely chopped pecans and mix well to combine.
Divide the dough in half and place each half of the dough onto a sheet of waxed paper. Roll the dough into a log and then wrap it tightly in the waxed paper. Now you can either chill or freeze the dough until later or you can go ahead and slice the dough evenly into cookie rounds.
When you are ready to bake them place them on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes until they are golden brown.