Last year a Washington newspaper posted an article about an Alaska Airlines pilot who baked oatmeal cookies for his crew. Now every time I see Alaska Airlines (which is often because they have a route from here to San Jose called The Nerd Bird) I think of cookies.
Yesterday I was thinking about Hawaii, saw there was a route to Maui on Alaska Airlines, then got distracted by thoughts of oatmeal cookies. To nip this problem in the bud, I decided to bake some today and went looking for the old article about the cookie baking pilot. Sadly, it was archived and the newspaper said I had to pay to see it. Luckily Katrina posted the recipe shortly after it came out, and I pulled it from her. She’d made modifications, so I un-modified her modifications and I think the recipe is closer to what it was in the article.
So how are the cookies….???
They’re pretty good. The recipe has a high ratio of sugar to butter and flour, but the extra nuts and oats buffer it so the cookies aren’t cloying. They are sweet, though. And chewy. If you like chewy cookies with lots of spice, this recipe is a good bet. Just don’t leave out the nuts.
Alaska Airlines Pilot Oatmeal Cookies
4 oz unsalted butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar (I used light)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour, fluffed and scooped
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt (if using salted butter, decrease to 1/4)
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted, crushed finely (I used pecans)
1 cup walnuts, toasted, barely chopped (Again, pecans)
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat butter and both sugars until creamy. Add egg and vanilla and beat well.
Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and mix thorougly. Add oats, raisins, nuts and stir to combine. Shape into 2 dozen balls. Bake on parchment lined baking sheets for 11-13 minutes.
Makes about 2 dozen cookies, depending on size.