A Hero Among Us

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Yesterday was a very special day in our house because it was Big Poppa’s Watchdog Day.  At the girls’ school dads, grandfathers and father figures volunteer to help out in the school as Watchdogs.  They are there to help the teachers, administration and students in any way necessary – deliver packages, escort children from place to place, help with heavy lifting – whatever is necessary.  They provide a sense of extra security for the kiddos and staff.  Let me tell you, I have never seen bigger smiles on any of the kids faces than on the days that their fathers volunteer at school.  I volunteer at school and my kids barely care.  Really!  Box Top mom? Who cares?!  But,  Watchdogs are heroes!   In all honesty, I don’t mind.  The girls were up really early, excitedly getting dressed and packing Daddy’s lunch for him.  I  loved it and so did he!

Since it was a special day, I thought that I’d make a special treat for them to have when they got home from school.  I’m imagining that it’s fall because it’s still around 90 degrees here in Texas.  I’ve got my fall candles going and my fall kitchen towels to help set the mood.  So, what better sweet snack could I bake than some cookies with cinnamon and nutmeg in them, right?  And apples…and raisins…and oatmeal.  Kind of a spiced up oatmeal cookie!

Apple - Raisin Cookies

Apple – Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Apple – Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

1 c. butter, softened

1 c. sugar

1 c. firmly packed brown sugar

2 large eggs (room temperature)

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

2 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 1/2 c. quick cooking oats (uncooked)

1/2 c. raisins

1 c. apples, peeled and chopped (1 apple, I use Granny Smith)

1 c. chopped pecans

  • Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugars, beating well.  Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  • Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; gradually add to butter mixture, beating well.  Stir in oats, apples, raisins and pecans.
  • Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours, but no longer than 24.
  • Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and center is set.  Pay very careful attention to these cookies so that you don’t burn the bottoms of the cookie or over bake them.  
  • Cool slightly then move to cooling racks.

These cookies were the perfect ending to the perfect day for Big Poppa and the Dynamic Duo. Make sure that you have lots of milk on hand.  Happiness will ensue!

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