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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Miss Lenoree's Oatmeal Cookies

This is my very favorite cookie recipe! My grandmother created the recipe and made them for years. The recipe has appeared in several cookbooks throughout Alabama, usually as "Miss Lenoree's Oatmeal Cookies". You may need to cut the recipe in half as it yields about 8 dozen cookies!

1½ cups white sugar
1½ cups brown sugar (packed)
4 eggs
2 cups oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp water
3 cups of plain flour
2 tsp of salt
2 tsp of baking soda
4 cups of oatmeal
1 bag Heath bits
Optional: cup raisins, chopped walnuts, or chocolate chips

Use a large bowl. Beat sugars and 4 eggs well with electric mixer. Add oil, vanilla, and water. Mix well. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Then add by hand oatmeal and Heath bits. Then, if desired, add one or two of the optional ingredients. Mixture will be very stiff. Roll into balls and drop on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until done.

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