Cookies, Oatmeal Crispies 

Perfectly flavored sweet crispy delightful oatmeal cookies!

1 T cinnamon (optional)
1 T vanilla
4 1/3 c white flour (22 oz) (OR whole wheat pastry)
4 3/4 c (17 oz) oats
2 c nuts (almonds or walnuts) (optional)
2 1/2 c (5 sticks) soft but still cold unsalted butter
4 c (28 oz) white sugar
1/3 c (4 oz) molasses
4 eggs
1 T baking powder
1 t soda
1 t salt

Preheat oven to 375*.  Lightly oil baking sheets.  In mixer with dough hook and white attachment, cream butter.  Gradually add sugar then molasses and beat until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs 1 at a time.  Add powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, vanilla and blend.  Add flour and blend.  Blend in oats and nuts.  Scoop onto baking sheets and bake 11 minutes until medium brown and a bit crinkly looking.  (Be sure to bake long enough to be crispy.)  Allow to set on sheets about 3 minutes then remove to wire rack.  They freeze well.

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