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Organic Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup - organic butter
1/2 cup - organic vegetable shortening
2 cups - Florida Crystals Organic Organic Cane Sugar
2 - large organic or farm fresh eggs
1 1/2 tsps. - pure vanilla extract
2 cups - organic rolled oats, finely ground
2 cups - organic white or wheat flour, as desired
1/2 tsp. - salt
1 tsp. - baking powder
1 tsp. - baking soda
1/2 cup - organic rolled oats
1 1/2 cups - organic dried apricots, coarsely chopped
2 cups - organic pecans, walnuts or almonds, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. and place rack in center position.

Beat butter and shortening with sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Grind oats in a blender or food processor until fine, them combine together with flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Gradually stir flour mixture into butter mixture.

Fold oats, apricots and nuts into batter and drop by heaping tablespoons, about 2 inches apart, onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden. Cool 2-3 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool thoroughly before serving. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

Serving Quantity: 4 dozen large cookies