This week in our study of the Western States is Oregon. The capital of Oregon is Salem. Did you know in the early days fruit was so scarce that settlers came from all over the region to see the first apple trees? In 1858 the first hazelnut trees were planted in Schottsburg, Oregon by David Gernot (a Frenchman). How about a recipe using hazelnuts...
Oregon Hazelnut Raisin Cookies
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon water
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped Oregon hazelnuts
- Cream shortening, vanilla, eggs, and water.
- Stir flour, salt, and baking soda together; add to creamed mixture.
- Stir in oatmeal, raisins and hazelnuts.
- Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes
We did not get a chance to make these cookies but they sound pretty good. If you are from Oregon we would love for you to share a recipe with us to try. I'll be back next week to tell you what's next in our study of the Western States. Thank you again for stopping by to learn along with us.