April Cookie of the Month: Oatmeal
In 1896 Fannie Merritt Farmer wrote the first recipe for the oatmeal raisin cookie. The cookies were considered a health food-bonus! By the early 1900’s a recipe was on every container of Quaker Oats.
Oatmeal cookies emerged from oat cakes,a type of flatbread made by the British and Scots centuries ago.
Later raisins were added to improve taste. Many cookie connoisseurs are in favor of including raisins, while others believe raisins do not belong in cookies! These raisin critics welcome the substitution of chocolate chips.
Here in the United States we’ve designated April 30th as National Oatmeal cookie day! Using oats in cookies is the most common use of oats in the United States. Many consider oatmeal cookies to be a health food because they are an excellent source of iron and fiber. We say- let’s go with it and celebrate National Oatmeal Cookie Day with some of our delicious chewy oatmeal cookies!