Thursday, December 23, 2010
If there is one thing I really love around the holidays it is going to a cookie swap. For the past few years I have had a cookie swap at my house and attended one at my friend Barbara's too. You can never have too many cookies. I love to see and taste everyones Christmas best, and well to be honest I get mad when people bring something other than there best. I guess one would say I can be a bit of a cookie swap snob.
This year we had some really great cookies. Barbara's tri-colored layer cookies are always a hit, Beth's Hungarian Nut Rolls are delicious, and this year Arlene pulled out a great Chocolate Florentine cookie that I know I will be making soon, just to name a few.
I seem to make something different every year, this year I made some Danish Oatmeal. I love just about anything with oats, and the recipe was light and delicate.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar, or as needed
Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate large bowl, mix the butter, 1 cup confectioners' sugar, and vanilla until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in the flour mixture; gently stir in the oatmeal and pecans and lightly mix until combined.
With a spoon, drop about 1 scant tablespoon of dough per cookie onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely before sprinkling cookies with confectioners' sugar.