Mar 8, 2015

Recipe: Easy Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Here's a no-fail Oatmeal Cookie recipe for when you need something simple, easy to make, with relatively ordinary (and not too many) ingredients. That also makes them a perfect Teacher's Appreciation Day gift!

This recipe is incredibly customizable, so feel free to throw in craisins, raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter, almonds - or all of the above, if you're in a kitchen-sink kind of mood!

Easy Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
Makes 24 cookies

* 1 c. butter, softened
* 1 c. white sugar
* 1 c. light brown sugar, packed
* 2 eggs
* 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract *Do not use imitation vanilla extract or you will harken the apocalypse! Or at least get sub-par cookies* 
* 2 c. flour
* 1 tsp. baking soda (I have used baking powder successfully before, in a 1:1 substitution, when I was out of baking soda)
* 1 tsp. salt
* 1.5 tsp. cinnamon
* 3 c. oats

1) Cream together the softened butter and the sugars. 

       If you're a recent grad living an electric mixer-less starter apartment (*cough, cough* me) just soften the butter a little longer in the microwave, until it's just on the verge of melted, and mix it together with the sugars vigorously with a large (preferably wooden) spoon.

2) Beat in the eggs one at a time. Then stir in the vanilla extract. 

3) Mix the flour, baking soda , salt, and cinnamon and a separate mixing bowl.

4) Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and be careful NOT to overmix. 

Well fine, overmix if you want. But overmixing is the surest way to hockey puck cookies!

5) Mix in the oats, remaining careful not to overmix.

6) Refrigerate, covered, for at least one hour or up to overnight.

7) Preheat oven to 375F. As it heats, grease a few cookie sheets. Form the balls into 24 equal-sized balls and space them 2-3 inches apart on the trays.

8) Bake for 10-12 minutes, until set. The cookies will still look underdone, but they'll be perfect after you let them cool for 5-7 minutes on the hot trays. After that cooling period, transfer them to wire racks to cool the rest of the way.


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