Oatmeal Molasses Cookies
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon cardamom (optional)
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
1/2 cup chopped dates or currants (optional)
2/3 cup nuts
1. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 3-5 minutes). Scrape down sides of bowl. Add molasses and eggs, blending well.
2. Whisk together flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and cardamom (if using). Add to creamed mixture, mixing thouroughly.
3. Stir in oatmeal, dates or currents (if using) and nuts.
4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop dough by heaping teaspoons onto the paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes (the cookies are dark because of the molasses, so just keep an eye on them for do. Cool on a wire rack.
Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.