|1½ cup||Rolled oats|
|½ cup||All-purpose flour|
|¾ cup||Firmly packed dark brown sugar|
|¼ teaspoon||Baking soda|
|3 tablespoons||Plus 1 stick butter|
|¼ cup||Heavy cream|
|1 teaspoon||Pure vanilla extract|
|½ cup||Dried currants, soaked in|
|2 tablespoons||Brandy (opt)|
From "Cookies for Christmas," by Maria Robbins (St. Martin's Press, 1993, $6.95 paperback).
Heat oven to 350'F. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Melt the butter in a small, heavy saucepan over very low heat. In a small bowl beat the egg together with the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Stir in currants if using.
Stir in melted butter. Stir the liquid ingredients into the oat-flour mixture and combine well. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets, leaving at least 3" between each cookie. These will thin and spread out.
Bake 5-6 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool on cookie sheets for several minutes, until cookies hold their shape.
With a spatula, carefully remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container. Makes about 4 dozen.
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