Mama Bear’s chunky fruit and oatmeal cookies

Mary Roeser

Makes: 2 dozen cookies

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup low-fat or skim milk
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups Quaker oatmeal (quick, uncooked)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cup diced dried mixed fruit
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease cookie sheets.

Beat butter and sugars until fluffly. Beat in milk, egg and vanilla.

Add dry ingredients, and mix well. Stir in nuts and fruit.

Place dough in heaping tablespoons on cookie sheets, three inchs apart, and flatten the mounds. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool one minue on cookie sheet and then remove to wire rack. Store tightly covered.

*Chef’s note: This is my late grandmother’s recipe. A delicious and satisfying cookie! Great for a snack or a sweet treat you won’t feel guilty eating. If you’re afraid it looks too healthy, don’t shy away– I promise it’s very tasty. Mama Bear knew what she was doing in the kitchen.

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