IRISH OATMEAL COOKIES
The only thing Irish you will find on this Italian blog….IRISH OATMEAL COOKIES!
IRISH OATMEAL COOKIES
This Italian family is as far away from Irish roots as you possibly can get. That being said, that does not mean that I don’t enjoy a tradition St. Patty’s day meal once a year! I do the corned beef, cabbage and potatoes every year. This year I also found the cutest green and white shamrock shaped ravioli at Costco that I plan on making for my family as well. One other recipe that I make every year around St. Patrick’s Day is for these IRISH OATMEAL COOKIES. I found this recipe on the back of a McCann’s Irish Oatmeal box years ago when my girls were just babies. McCann’s brand Irish Oatmeal is imported from Ireland which makes it not only great tasting, but authentic as well. The recipe calls for the addition of raisins and walnuts. Since my girls were under a year old the first time I made these cookies I omitted the raisins and walnuts and added 2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips instead. I am sure raisins and nuts are very tasty in these cookies…BUT….there is just something about chocolate chips that make things so much tastier!
I made these IRISH OATMEAL COOKIES this past week-end for a St. Patty’s Day party we were invited to. The entire kitchen table was filled with all kinds of other desserts, but these cookies seemed to be a fan favorite. Before dessert was even served our cookie platter was just down to barely a quarter of a tray left. I kept seeing little hands reaching from below the table grabbing these cookies left and right. Chocolate all over the kids faces were a sure sign that they were the cookies thieves! Whether you are Irish and go all out for St. Patrick’s Day or not Irish at all these IRISH OATMEAL COOKIES will for sure become part of your Irish celebrations!
Just a little note: on the side panel of the McCann’s box is an Irish blessing that I pass on
- 1 1 /4 cups softened butter
- 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg slightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 cups McCann's Quick Cooking Irish Oatmeal
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Add the egg and vanilla.
- Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add to the butter mixture. Mix well.
- Stir in the oatmeal, raisins and walnuts.
- Drop rounded teaspoons of batter on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 12 - 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire cooling rack.
- * I omit the raisins and walnuts and add 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips instead.