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Dried FigsDried figs snipped fine with the kitchen shears are a wonderful addition to oatmeal cookies. This sweet, chewy fruit is a favorite for eating out of hand, just as it comes from the package.
Author: NEWSPAPER, The Kansas City Star - Kansas City, Missouri, September 25, 1957. Page 4C. 09-25-1957
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OATMEAL COOKIES, American
Sift flour, measure, add baking powder, salt, soda, sugar and sift all together into a large bowl. Then drop in the eggs, soft shortening, molasses and vanilla. Stir until smooth (wooden spoon makes the job easier) about 1 ½ minutes. Fold in rolled oats. Mix thoroughly (about ½ minute). Now you are ready to drop heaping teaspoonfuls of cookie batter onto a greased baking sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes in moderate oven (325°) .
Variations: To add variety and different flavor to these chewy treats you may add 1 cup seedless raisins, ¾ cup shredded coconut, ¾ cup chopped dates, ½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts, peanuts or pecans) or a 6-oz. package of semi-sweet chocolate pieces. My family likes date and nut combination.
Contributed by Mrs. E. White, 1950
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