Prep time: 15mn
Cook time: 8-12mn
This is a very simple oatmeal cookies recipe that will yield enough cookie goodness for a week or more (depending on how many children and um… big children dip in the cookie jar ;). When I make the recipe, I get 50 small cookies or 36 big ones, depending on the spoon size I use to round them. Here it goes:
2 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar (or 1 cup brown and 1 cup white)
2 sticks butter
1 tspbaking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups uncooked quick oats
Heat oven to 375°F. Mix all dry ingredients together and reserve. Mix the sugar and butter together until it the mixture is light in color. Add and mix the eggs. Add the dry ingredients, oats last. Add the oats one cup at a time to make it easier. Using an electric mixer makes this process faster and easier on your hands and wrists. Line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Take a dessert spoon or a tablespoon (decide on the size of your cookies). Round the dough with your chosen spoon and drop the dough 2 to 3 inches apart on your cookie pans. Put them all in the oven and bake until golden brown (8-12mn). Remove from oven and let them stand for a minute or two, then remove them from the cookie sheets so they don’t over-bake. Put in a nice tin can after they have completely cooled down and enjoy!
Tip: Since this recipe yields a lot of cookies, I like to keep one batch in a cookie jar and another in the freezer (in plastic containers) for later enjoyment.
Now for the fun part, the many variations to this recipe. If you have children that have different tastes in cookies, split the dough in two and accommodate with different flavors such as:
· Add ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
· Add 1 tsp cinnamon
· Add 1 tsp nutmeg
· Substitute white sugar for brown sugar
· Substitute sugar for organic, non-processed date sugar
· Substitute sugar for Xylitol sweetener
· Add 3 tbsp chia seeds or flax seeds
· Add ½ cup coconut flakes
· 1 cup raisins
· ¾ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
What is your favorite oatmeal cookie recipe? Have you tried it with different variations?