Thursday, March 15, 2012

Adult Irish Oatmeal Cookies

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I wanted to include at least one recipe for cookies in the mix I've put together for St. Patrick's Day. These cookies were chosen because they're made with Irish oatmeal and, as a result, have a different texture than most of the oatmeal cookies that I've tried. They are crackly crisp and have a bright citrus flavor thanks to the addition of orange liqueur and zest. I've had a lot of oatmeal cookies in my lifetime and this version, which is adapted from one developed for McCann's Irish Oatmeal, is a favorite of mine. I come from a family that named inanimate objects. The car and fridge and washing machine all had proper names. Back in the day, lots of folks did that, but we carried it a bit further and had a unique cookie jar named Alonzo. Alonzo was a ceramic pig and he stayed on top of the refrigerator long after our appetites for oatmeal cookies had diminished. I think he was kept as a warning and the symbolism was not lost on me. Alonzo faded from memory, but years later I came across a primitive wood carving, a pig, that ended up on top of my refrigerator. He'd be perfect if only he held cookies. Especially these. If you are open to yet another recipe for oatmeal cookies, give this one a try. I think you'll be delighted. Here's the recipe.

Irish Oatmeal Cookies...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite adapted from an original recipe by McCann's Irish Oatmeal

1/4 cup orange liqueur
3/4 cup raisins
1-1/4 cups softened butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
3 cups quick cooking Irish oatmeal (i.e. McCann's)
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts


1) Place raisins in a microwave bowl. Add orange liqueur and toss to moisten all raisins. Cover bowl with clear plastic wrap. Microwave on HIGH power for 1 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit,covered, for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) Cream butter and both sugars in a large bowl. sugars. Add egg,vanilla extract and orange zest.
3) Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add to butter mixture. Mix well. Fold in oatmeal, drained raisins and walnuts.
4) Drop rounded tablespoons of batter onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on pans for 1 minute before transferring to a wire cooling rack. Yield: 30 to 36 cookies.

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Buttercup said...

The orange sounds like a great addition. Wishes for a happy St. Patrick's Day!

Lenia said...

I love this kind of cookies!I could eat a dozen of them with my milk or coffee!Just amazing!!!
Have a lovely day,dear!

Lynn said...

These sound great! Love your Alonzo story, only one question... symbolism??? Happy Thursday Mary:@)

Alessandra said...

Cookies with orange liqueur! They must be good :-).
Good addition to the St Patrick spread!


Epicurea said...

wondering if something as healthy as oatmeal would qualify as a sweet for the purposes of my fast :-)?

Salsa Verde said...

Hi Mary,
These cookies look so scrumptious and moreish...
I love oatmeal cookies but this recipe is so special and perfect that I'll have a try for sure.


How fun that you found another pig for your refrigerator.

The cookies sound delicious.


Kim said...

I love these cookies! i'm a huge fan of oatmeal (has you should have seen on my blog)! Ok, let's prepare these, I just have to find irish oatmeal!

SImple and Serene Living said...

I am always up for a new oatmeal cookie recipe and these sound delicious.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Ha! I once had a car that I named "Wilma!" I like this adult take on oatmeal cookies - it just might motivate me to pull out the cookie sheets!

Unknown said...

Oh, Mary, those look and sound so delicious.. I love crispy cookies! Ok, I love all cookies, but still, I know I would love these!

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine said...

I love these cookies they look wonderful... so does last years Shrimp Risotto going to check that out next!

Natalie said...

these sound fantastic! love the orange twist on them!

Rumana Rawat said...

What a lovely recipe:)

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

These sound gorgeous! I'll try them this weekend.

Sue/the view from great island said...

I would add a few chocolate chips to these and be happy as a ...well, I think Alonzo would approve!

Ailyn Sánchez said...

Love it...haven´t try the irish oatmeal yet....thank you and happy St Patrick´s Day!

Ginny Hartzler said...

We name our things, too!!! Especially our cars, our G.P.S. and tech hings. These look wonderful. Now I know about real oats, quick oats, and steel cut oats. But I have never heard of Irish Quick cooking Oats! Sureley that would not be Steel Cut Quick Oats or maybe so?

Gloria Baker said...

What really nice cookies mary:)

Gloria Baker said...

Love orange Liqueur:)

From the Kitchen said...

My family named "things" too. Carrying on the tradition, I was known as "Volunteer Vera in her Volvo"--a Volvo named "Blanche". I just finished using Kate the Kitchenaid mixer and Chloe Cuisinart will be pressed into duty later this afternoon. I think I can find enough oatmeal left over to prepare these cookies. Alas, I have no pig cookie jar to remind me not to eat too many!!


Valérie said...

I didn't know Irish oatmeal was different... So cute that you named your cookie jar. I used to name our fridge magnets when I was a child. And the feather duster, for some reason. Anyways, one of your cookies would go great with this childhood reminiscing!

Linda said...

Oooh Mary, these are fun cookies!! I love this idea! And I believe I have all the ingredients to make up a batch for this weekend!!

Rosita Vargas said... encantan las galletas de avellanas lucen muy bonitas,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Rosita Vargas said...

El licor de naranja te ha quedado perfecto me encanta ,en mi licorera siempre lo mantengo,es una delicia,felicitaciones,abrazos hugs,hugs.

A Paixão da Isa said...

wuau tudo esta super bon bjs

City Share said...

I'm loving all your St. Patrick's Day themed recipes. These look delicious too. How fun that they are "adult."

Susan Lindquist said...

I have always thought that my mother's oatmeal cookies are 'The Ultimate'. That being said, I have bookmarked this recipe. Somehow the idea of a crispy boozed up cookie appeals to me decadent self! Top o' the mornin'!

David said...

Mary, I love the ingredients of these Adult Irish Oatmeal Cookies! I love Oatmeal cookies anyway, but this takes them up the scale by at least a couple of notches... Thanks for the recipe! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Janice said...

Your cookies sound great, love the addition of the liquer

Joanne said...

Oatmeal raisin cookies have always been my favorite so I say, bring on the recipes! I love that these are a little bit more adult than the traditional kind!

What's Baking?? said... interesting name to call a cookie as 'adult'. Could be it's a huge cookie? Anyway, however it was named, these cookies looks absolutely delicious and healthy with so much fiber..:)

Melinda said...

I'm so glad to find someone else
that names/ed things.
Mr. Ken has deemed our portable island "Gilligan."
The cookies look yummy.


Catherine said...

Dear Mary, A good oatmeal recipe is always welcome.
I love the story of the pig cookie jar.
Blessings my friend, Catherine xo

Unknown said...

dear Mary these cookies i thinkI' ll do very soon blessing simmy

Arlene Delloro said...

Since I love Irish oatmeal and oatmeal cookies, I know I'm going to love these. Wish I had a few right now!

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