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14 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup light molasses
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon mace or nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped walnuts

1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
4 eggs
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups dried fruit
1/2 cup Scottish oatmeal or regular oatmeal


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a large (10 X 15 inch) baking sheet by lining it
with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix brown sugar into melted butter. Add molasses and stir until combined.
Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in cinnamon, ginger and mace. Mixture should be
completely smooth.
Mix together flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Add flour mixture to butter
mixture and mix until a few flour streaks remain. Stir in dried fruit and walnuts until completely
incorporated, then mix in oatmeal and stir until it disappears into the batter.
Push batter onto parchment-lined baking sheet and smooth batter all the way to the
edges and into the corners. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until center springs back
when touched lightly and edges are firm. Cool on baking sheet for at least one hour.
Slide entire cookie with parchment paper onto counter to continue cooling. When completely
cooled, cut into small squares. Makes approximately 72 cookies.

Copyright © 2009 Stefanie Samara Hamblen