Iced Toasted Oatmeal Cookies
Toasting the rolled oats in the oven give these old-fashioned iced oatmeal cookies a rich nutty taste.
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup buttermilk or sour milk
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pitted dates
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Powdered Sugar Icing: (optional)
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 4 tablespoons milk
- For Cookies: Spread the oats in a shallow baking pan. Bake in a 375°F (190°C) oven about 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally.
- Place toasted oats in a small bowl. Stir in buttermilk or sour milk and let stand a few minutes.
- In a medium mixing bowl beat together the brown sugar and shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until combined. Add the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; beat until combined. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Beat in the oat mixture. Stir in the flour until just mixed. Fold in the dates and nuts.
- Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2-inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake in a 375°F (190°C) oven about 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Drizzle in a decorative manner with the Powdered Sugar Icing, if desired.
- For Powdered Sugar Icing: In a small bowl combine powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Stir in enough milk to make an icing of drizzling consistency.
Makes 5 dozen cookies.