I was walking through a used bookstore and came across a cookbook from the Amana Colonies. Since the Amanas are a local delight, I had to pick it up. Oma’s (Grandma’s) Family Secrets: Generations of Amana Cooking was a cookbook I needed in my collection. There are a number of recipes in here which look delightful, and a few that I’m not sure I need to make (like one for squirrel), but part of what is great about the recipes in this book is that they are all handwritten.
I knew I needed to make these cookies because I had all of the ingredients for them, and I was thinking about the holidays coming up and wanted to try a few more recipes out in preparation for the days. These were nice because they were super chewy cookies, and they weren’t overly sweet.
Honey, Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Cookies
3/4 c sugar
3/4 c honey
3/4 c chunky peanut butter
1/4 c milk
3 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp vanilla
3 c oatmeal
1 3/4 c whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 c golden raisins or chocolate chips
1/2 c chopped peanuts (opt)
In a large bowl, beat sugar, honey, and peanut butter until creamy. Add egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine oatmeal, flour and baking soda. Mix well and add this to the peanut butter mixture. Mix until combined. Add in raisins, and chopped peanuts.
Cover and chill 30 minutes or more. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Drop rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes. Cool. Store in tin can. Makes 50 or more.