ULTIMATE OATMEAL COOKIES
Dr. Gerald Keep, Annoyed Scientist, 12/3/2019
Wonderful if you like oatmeal, and you can almost convince yourself they are a healthy snack. Certainly better for you than most cookies!
I actually entered this recipe in a contest called “Search for the Ultimate Oatmeal Cookie”. I didn’t win, but I entered it!
Note that this is based on the old original cookie recipe that used to come with old fashioned Quaker oats, before they changed the recipe (not so good). My major changes are that I add a cup of finely ground walnuts and add not just raisins but chips. Cinnamon chips are the best, but are hard to find in the grocery, but butterscotch or Heath chips are pretty good. Peanut Butter chips are not bad if you like peanut butter.
Cream 1 cup butter*, 1 cup brown sugar, ½ cup white sugar.
Mix in 2 eggs, 3 tsp of flavor extract (almond, maple, and/or vanilla)
Add 1½ cup AP flour, 1 tsp baking soda (no lumps), 1 tsp ground cinnamon, mix.
Add 3 cups oats (type doesn’t matter), fold in really well.
Add 1 cup finely ground walnuts, fold in pretty well.
Add ½ cup (preferably golden) raisins and 1 cup chips (see above), fold in okay. Another really good choice is dried cranberries instead.
Preheat oven to 375. Drop in well-spaced uniform size blobs on greased cookie sheets (use the wrappers saved from the butter if that’s what you used) and bake for 15 to 17 minutes until “golden brown”. Cool on wax paper.
* In later years, I used oil instead of butter, and it works fine!