LOS ANGELES -- Dear SOS: On a trip up the coast of Maine, we found a wonderful bakery in Portland called Standard Baking Co. Everything was delicious, but my husband declared the oatmeal cookies the best he'd ever had, and we made a special detour on the return route to buy more cookies. I'd love it if you could obtain their recipe, so I could surprise him with a batch. -- Helene Morrison, Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Dear Helene: If I didn't know how easy they were to make, I'd plan a vacation in the area just so I could get my fix of these cookies. Richly flavored and not overly sweet, Standard Baking Co.'s cookies also are crisp and chewy in all the right places. The bakery was happy to share its recipe with us. The cookies, and other recipes from the bakery, are also available in their recently published cookbook.
Standard Baking Co.'s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Makes about 1 1/2 dozen. Prep time, about 1 hour, plus cooling time. Adapted from Standard Baking Co. Pastries, Portland, Maine.
1 1/2 cups (6.4 ounces) flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar