Sunday, January 10, 2010

Oatmeal Cookies 2 Ways

My all-time favorite cookie is oatmeal chocolate chip. Here is my recipe for that variation, as well as the classic oatmeal/raisin. Warning: This dough is so good, you'll wonder if any of it will actually get baked...

Recipe and photo courtesy of Quaker Oats

1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups oatmeal (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)

Add-In: Option #1
1 cup raisins
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Add-In: Option #2
1 cup chocolate chips (milk or semi-sweet)

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Add oats and add-ins of your choice.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.