Sunday, July 1, 2012

To Old Friends

Did you ever have a friend who moved away? Were you the one who moved? Did you try to write but soon found that your new lives took over? I've been thinking a lot about the people that I have moved away from over the years. You try to not say "Goodbye," but rather, "see you again." How many of them do you see again? It certainly takes effort and the will of both parties to make that happen. I know, that even if I don't visit often, I'll always have the memores, inside jokes, and experiences to think about. Is that enough? I'm not entirely sure it is, but at some point you have to realize that if you're meant to be friends then you'll find a way. Otherwise, they were an important part of your life, no matter how short of a time.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
adapted from
Oven 350

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 3/4 cup old –fashioned rolled oats (not instant or quick-cooking)
1 1/2 cups raisins

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugars until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile in a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon, making sure there are no lumps of baking soda. Stir in the oats and raisins.

Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until thoroughly combined. On low speed, or by hand, gradually add the flour and oat mixture to the creamed butter, mixing until completely incorporated.
Chill the batter a few hours or overnight, covered. (This step is optional, although recommended.)

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Drop the dough in 1/4 cup balls evenly spaced on the baking sheet and flatten the tops slightly with your hand. (I got about 6 cookies per baking sheet.) Midway during baking, rotate the baking sheet and tap the tops of the cookies down somewhat firmly with a spatula to flatten the domes. Bake the cookies for 20 to 22 minutes, or until they just start to turn brown across the top, but do not overbake.

Remove from oven and cool completely.
Storage: Once cool, the cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days. The dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week, or frozen for up to two months.

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