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Santa's Stockings

This is where your creativity can shine through. Let this yummy treat take whatever holiday shape you desire. Cherries or cranberries not only add a great taste but also help you have a little more fun baking.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine or butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup all‑purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 2-1/2 cups Large Flake Quaker® Oats or Quick Quaker® Oats (uncooked)
  • 1 cup dried cherries or dried cranberries
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped almonds (optional)
  • Decorating icing
  • Semisweet chocolate pieces
  • Candy‑coated chocolate pieces

How to make it

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two cookie sheets.
  2. Beat margarine and sugars until creamy. Add egg, milk and almond extract; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in oats, dried cherries and almonds; mix well. 
  3. Divide dough into 4 equal portions. With moistened hands, pat dough onto prepared cookie sheets into 1/4‑inch thick holiday shapes such as stockings, Christmas trees or candy canes.
  4. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack with wide spatula or pancake turner. Cool completely.
  5. Decorate cookies as desired.


For easy drop cookies, heat oven to 375°F. Follow recipe as directed above except drop dough by rounded measuring tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely.
 
For Gift Giving: Wrap decorated cookies individually in plastic wrap. Pack each cookie in separate gift bag filled with crumpled tissue paper in holiday colours.

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