2/3 cup soft shortening or margarine (half butter is great)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar Packed well in cup
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 pkg chocolate bits (chips)
Mix shortening, sugar, egg and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and stir into sugar mixture. Add nuts and choc. chips. Drop by tsp onto ungreased sheet. Bake 8-10 mins @ 375 degrees
NOTE from Loret: To live with RA during this baking season, you really need to sit! Get all ingredients all together, all the pans, measuring spoons, mixer, wooden spoons, etc in one place. A counter height stool is best. Even better if it has wheels to scoot around the kitchen incase you forgot something.
OATMEAL - RAISEN COOKIES Preheat 350 degrees
1 3/4 cups quick cooking oatmeal
1 1/3 cups flour
2/3 cup raisens
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup margarine ( 1 stick or 1/4 pound )
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup milk
Beat sugar, margarine and egg. Stir in dry ingredients Drop by heaping tablespoons 1 inch apart on cookie sheet. Bake 15 mins or till lightly browned
Makes approx 26 large cookies. 128 calories, 18 grms carbohydrates.
MAGICAL PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES Preheat oven 350 degrees
1 cup Peanut butter
1 cup sugar
lightly grease baking sheet
combine ingredients till smooth, roll into walnut sized balls, flatten with a fork dipped in sugar, Bake 12 mins sprinkle with sugar immediently after removing from oven. Cool 5-8 mins, rremove from pan to wire rack to cool completly.
This recipe can also be made with chocolate chips stirred in.
NOTE FROM Loret:
In RA patients, the secret to enjoying the holidays, or any day throughout the year, is preserving strength and energy. Take pain meds on schedule, don't get too busy and forget. Best to set timer to remind you.
Also, preserving means Keeping, so avoid doing more than an hour's activity at a time. Make the cookie dough, but make the cookies and bake them later the same day or refrigerate and bake next day.
Also, another tip: while you have all the ingredients out on the counter, or table, it saves alot of labor to make more than one recipe, put the mixed dough in plastic storage containers and put in refrig or freezer to bake when you are ready.
by doing this, you can have just one put-away session and one wash-up and clean-up session.
Have fun! Slowly!