Morale-Boosting Oatmeal Cookies

For a couple of years, our nearest active neighbor in the boatyard was a classic wooden motorsailor called Sea Fox. Bill and Kathy worked on the boat nearly every day, but unlike Flutterby, Sea Fox was floating. And they had a house nearby, so they went home each night.

Just before Thanksgiving, Kathy surprised us with a container of these cookies — the best morale-booster ever. It was the effect of these cookies, combined with the help of our dear friend Kris, that finally got Flutterby launched and cruising south. As a matter of fact, when I admitted to Kathy that Kris was working for cookies, she brought us another big yummy batch!

2 C flour
2 t cinnamon
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 stick butter
1 C sugar
1 C packed dark brown sugar
2 t vanilla
2 large eggs
2-1/2 C quick-cooking oats
1 C raisins, heaping (can also use craisins)
1-1/2 C chopped walnuts, heaping (can also use pecans)

Preheat oven to 375F. Mix flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, beat the butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla together with an electric mixer until creamy. With mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture and beat until just blended. Stir in the oats, raisins, and nuts.

Drop heaping tablespoons on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 10 to 13 minutes, until cookies are light golden brown. Cool on cookie sheet for a minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.