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Excuse me: is that you, Fall?

Posted at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2022

By Jennie Guido

I don’t do well in the summer. Yes, I love sunbathing and lounging in a pool when I can, but the heat just isn’t for me. I’m made for cooler fall days and freezing winters. Let’s face it, I don’t mind ice cream.

So in this house, I’m transitioning into fall. The summer decor slips into the closet. Pumpkin scents burn 24 hours a day. That’s all I can do to refrain until September 1st from getting my pumpkins out.

Luckily, mom accommodated my sweater needs by baking a batch of cookies. Yes, they were simple oatmeal cookies, but she uses cranberries and adds chopped pecans. She also substitutes all the brown sugar for the white. That little hint of cinnamon is all I need to get through these last weeks of sweltering heat.

Oatmeal and cranberry cookies

3 sticks softened unsalted butter plus 4 tbsp

2 ½ cups brown sugar, firmly packed

4 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Salt (optional)

2 cups dried cranberries (or raisins)

6 cups old fashioned oats

2 cups pecans, chopped

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well. Gradually add the flour, stirring constantly. Stir in cranberries and pecans. Slowly stir in oats until combined.

Using a ½ ounce ice cream scoop, scoop the batter onto a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. Do not overcook as they will be too dry and tough. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

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