Monday, May 13, 2013

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies to Pecan Steelers, A Recipe is Born

I decided to make my Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies the other night.  I've been making those cookies since I was a child back in the day.  Sometimes a new recipe is born when I start a recipe and find that I'm out of something. 
Well, I just knew I had all the ingredients to make the cookies, so I started creaming sugar and butter together.  Well, I had almost all the ingredients.  I'd just substitute white sugar for brown just this once.  Then, I reached for my oatmeal jar. Where is it?  It's usually on the counter.  It's a gallon jar, it has to be here somewhere.... Oh well, I'll just get some out of the five gallon bucket... oh no!  I forgot I emptied it!  What now?  I searched and searched and asked the kids if they'd moved the oats.  No oats.  None.  Nada.  Except... here's a small jar of steel cut oats.  Wonder if that would work... why not?  Okay, now, time for raisins.  "Kids, where are my raisins? How can we be out?"  Well, I do have 8 ounces of chopped pecans.  Guess that will do. 
So, my Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies became my new-fashioned Pecan Steelers!  Believe it or not, they were really good.  At first the kids were reluctant.  The texture seemed a bit healthy to them.  The taste reminded them of granola.  The good news - they lasted a few days.  The really good news - they tasted good the entire time.  It was a nice crisp cookie.  Not a health cookie, but still, it was filled with some good for you ingredients that you can pronounce!

Pecan Steelers
An Original Recipe by Laura Lane of Harvest Lane Cottage

Combine and cream the following ingredients together in a mixing bowl:

1 1/2 c white sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 T softened butter
1 t vanilla
3 T water
1 large egg

Combine the following dry ingredients in a medium bowl:

2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups steel cut oats (uncooked)
1 t salt
1 t baking soda

8 oz pecans, broken in pieces or chopped

Bake about 8 minutes in a 350 degree oven.  Watch them closely and adjust baking time as needed.  They're done when the edges are lightly golden.

Doing with what I've got,
May I suggest?


  1. Yummy Laura these look scrumptious! It is unseasonably cold at the moment here in my part of Great Britain so these will go down a treat. Will be trying out this recipe very soon. A lovely post Laura, thank you.
    Lots of love

  2. Are these a soft cookie? I'm still looking for a good chewy oatmeal cookie recipe.....

  3. These are a crisp cookie. I usually prefer soft, but these were wonderful... perfect for dunking. ~smile~

  4. Dorothy, Great Britain? Wow! I'm right in the middle of the U.S. in Missouri.

    Imagine writing to each other across the world. One of my other regular readers is in Australia.

    What a miraculous world we live in.


  5. These sound FABULOUS! Two faves combined in one cookie. I love oatmeal cookies and I LOOOOOOVE pecans. I guess I'll need to run to the store and get some pecans this week and make a batch of these!

  6. Oh, they are good. I had to make chocolate chip pecan cookies for the family this week. I'll make Pecan Steelers again sometime soon.

    Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,

  7. I love both raisins and pecans so either would be a big hit with me Laura! I am much more a homemade cookie rather than cake kind of gal. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. I'm out of steel cut oats now. I sure would like a cookie right about now!


  9. Hi Jan, Just got my computer back from the hospital. Lots of viruses! Would you do me a favor and vote on your favorite cookie on my blog? My husband has a bakery and is trying to find out the top three cookies.
    Blessings, Laura

  10. Hi Laura,
    I just came from visiting your daughter Emily's blog. Your cookies sound really good. Love the blue plate! Thanks for sharing and joining me for tea. Happy Autumn!


  11. Those look delicious! I would never have thought of trying steel cut oats. You clever girl!

  12. Hello Ruth,
    I'd already creamed my butter and sugar when I realized I'd run low on oats. ~grin~
    Necessity sometimes gives us unusual ideas.
    Have a terrific week.

  13. Blessings to you as well, Sandi. Have a terrific week.


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