Vampi’s Fangtastic Oatmeal Cookies
"Reggie and I start decorating for Christmas around Thanksgiving. That's also about the time I start getting the urge to bake... and bake and bake and bake... We always have to start OUR workout in mid December to avoid serious non-reversable poundage! The good thing is that I try to use all non-fat products and all natural ingredients. Among Reggie's phavorites are my notorious Oatmeal cookies which I keep perfecting all the time... feel free to experiment by adding and subtracting your OWN little goodies." - Vampi
 
 
 
 
Don't worry, Santie Baby! Vampi's gonna help you out in the kitchen!
1 cp. (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened 
1 cp. pure maple syrup (or 1 cp. firmly packed brown sugar for a milder flavor) 
1/2 cp. granulated sugar (or sugar substitute) 
2 eggs 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1½ cps. all purpose flour (or Bisquick™) 
1 tsp. baking soda 
1 tsp. cinnamon 
½  tsp. nutmeg (optional) 
“dash” of ginger (optional) 
3 cps. uncooked Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned) 
1 cp. raisins (or 6 snack size boxes) 
* Optional additions: 
Hershey’s® Kisses® with Almonds or Hershey’s® Huggs®, semi sweet chocolate bits, pecan pieces (although pecans are very powerful in flavor), M&M’s®, etc. You get the point.
 
PREHEAT OVEN to 350°F. 

(I use wooden spoons - they don’t marr or bruise the ingredients - and I don’t even OWN a mixer! I use a hand whisk) 

BEAT together margarine, sugar(s), and maple syrup until they form a creamy paste. ADD eggs and vanilla; and beat well. (Please, not whips or chains!) MIX in separate bowl/container the dry ingredients of flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. ADD to creamy paste stirring as you go... mix well. STIR in oats, raisins and other “goodies” you want to add and mix well until ALL of the oats are well coated. 

DROP by tablespoonfuls onto a sprayed cookie sheet (using a rubber spatula, “cheater,” or knife to scrape off spoon) spaced about 2” apart. BAKE 10-12 minutes until golden brown. COOL 1 minute on cookie sheet and remove to wire rack or flat surface.  Makes about 4 dozen small, wimpy cookies and about 2 dozen large, hefty cookies. Either case, you’ll want to make a COUPLE of batches in case the neighbors smell `em cooking. 
 

 
 
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