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Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE — Big Dipper Oatmeal Cookies

ADVOCATE-TESTED RECIPE

Big Dipper Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 4 dozen. Recipe is from Quaker Oats and was featured in Louisiana Food Lover’s Holiday Food Focus booklet.

Cookies:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, room temperature

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

3 cups oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)

1 cup raisins or semi-sweet chocolate pieces (optional)

Glaze:

2 cups (12-ounces) semi-sweet chocolate pieces

¾ cup chopped nuts

Cookies:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. With mixer, beat butter and sugars until creamy.

3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.

4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

5. Add flour mixture to sugar/egg mixture. Mix well. Stir in oats and, if desired, raisins; mix well.

6. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto parchment-lined cookie sheet. (I made mine much smaller). Leave space between cookies because they will spread.

7. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely.

Glaze

1. Melt chocolate pieces according to package directions. Dip half of one cookie in chocolate; gently shake to remove excess. (I spread the chocolate on with a small spatula.)

2. Sprinkle with chopped nuts or lightly dip chocolate in chopped nuts. Place on waxed paper until set. Repeat with remaining cookies.

Note: If chocolate thickens, microwave at 15-second intervals until fluid.

Store cookies with waxed paper between layers in tightly covered container.