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Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
October 22, 2006

BETH!! I NEED HELP!! YOUR RECIPE IS AMAZING..BUT I THINK I MESSED IT UP!! I made the recipe exactly how the instructions say except I used all butter and no shortening like the others. I also uses golden raisins. When my cookies came out they were soft and perfect but they never HARDENED...this was to the point that they all broke apart and fell through the cracks of my cooling rack. I mean, I love soft cookies, don't get me wrong, but you couldn't even pick these up without them falling apart. It was almost like they didn't cook. I was also baking them for well over the time suggested (13-15 minutes). When I tried to salvage them into a container they formed into this big DELICIOUS block of oatmeal mess! The only thing I can think of is that I put the dough in the fridge prior to baking them for about an hour because I had to run out. Is that the problem?? I didn't know that this could make a difference. Is it possible that my eggs or flour or something was too old or maybe bad? I can't imagine that, but at this point I am desperate! The cookies were seriously amazing (hence the 5 stars), and I want to make them again, but I need them to hold their shape and somewhat harden! Please please will someone help me? Thank you in advance!

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