It is bitterly cold outside, with high winds, and at least 18 inches of snow, just from last night! We are in a lull, with more of the same starting this afternoon, extending into tonight, tomorrow, and the first part of the week! This is what winter is supposed to be!
After shoveling off the steps and using the snowblower on the driveway and sidewalks, it is nice to come inside to relax with a hot cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, and some freshly baked cookies.
These are called shortbread cookies, but they are unlike the traditional ones, made with oatmeal, which gives them a slightly nutty flavor, and they do melt in your mouth!
I do a lot of baking during the holiday season, varying the choices each year, but these, by popular "command", remain the favorites. I bake multiple batches so that everyone can take some home with them. These were one of the first cookies that I helped my Mom make, as a child. The recipe is THAT old, but stll a goodie!
I suppose as a disclaimer, I should point out that any specific brand names shown in my photos are not an endorsement, unless I specify. They are simply the brands that I choose to use, and you should use your favorites too!
So now. .let's bake some Oatmeal Shortbread Refrigerator Cookies!
Cream 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened, with 1 cup of confectioner's sugar.
Add 2 teasp. vanilla, and 1/2 teasp. of salt. Beat well.
Scoop and level 1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour, and 1 cup of rolled oats (oatmeal). Add to the bowl, and blend well. I should add here, that you can use either the regular, or quick cooking oatmeal, but don't use instant, nor the rough cut.
Scrap down the bowl, and blend any remaining flour or oatmeal, then shape the dough into a long log, approximately 1 1/2 inches thick.
The original recipe called for wrapping the log in waxed paper, which still works well. You can also use parchment paper, or the non-stick foil. Don't use plastic wrap, or regular foil.
Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Slice 1/4 inch cookies and decorate with sprinkles, chocolate shot, dragees, or your favorite embellishments. If you prefer, you can roll the log in sprinkles, etc. before you wrap it, so that the cookie edges will be decorated. With the advent of various shapes and colors, these cookies can be made any season, for any celebration.
Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet in a 350 degree F. oven for 12 - 15 minutes. They only brown on the edges, so don't bake them too long.
This recipe makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.
I hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!
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