Disneyland Cafe Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

Disneyland Cafe Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

Here’s an old-fashioned favorite from the “Happiest Place on Earth” - Disneyland. The recipe is easy and quick to prepare, and the cookies are a great snack food. You also can take them to a new level by substituting dried cranberries or cherries for the raisins.

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons shortening
1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups rolled oats
2 1/2 cups raisins

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium mixing bowl, blend the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, blend the shortening, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Add the flour and baking powder mixture to the shortening mixture and combine until everything is well blended, about 2 minutes. Stir in the oats and raisins to finish making the dough.

Divide the dough into approximately 24 balls, each containing about 2 1/2 tablespoons (about the size of an ice cream scoop). Place each ball on a baking sheet and press down until the dough is about 1/4-inch thick and about 3 inches in diameter. The cookies should be separated by about 2 inches.

Bake for 9 to 12 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet.

Makes approximately 24 cookies.

Source: San Bernardino Sun newspaper, Recipes from “Los Angeles Classic Desserts: Recipes from Favorite Restaurants,” by Grace Bauer