My grandmother used to have a yellow cookie jar she kept filled with oatmeal cookies. A visit to her house meant getting to eat all the cookies I wanted! (Isn’t that what Grandma’s house is all about?) I love a good homemade oatmeal cookie, and this is one of the best oatmeal cookie recipes around. Take the cookies out of the oven quickly for a softer, chewy oatmeal cookie. Or let them bake a little bit longer for a crispy oatmeal cookie.
Fill your cookie jar with classic Oatmeal Cookies. See my Chocolate-Drizzled oatmeal cookies variation plus a list of optional add-ins below.
Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
- 3 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
- 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup Butter, softened
- 2 Eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1. Heat oven to 375°F.
2. Combine all ingredients except flour in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Stir in flour until well mixed.
3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake 8-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet.
I liked these cookies best when they were soft and chewy, so I took them out on the lower end of the cooking time. Tip: If you like a crispy cookie, let them bake until brown (an extra minute or two. Just be careful not to burn them. This recipe came from a butter package, so I would definitely recommend using real butter for these cookies to turn out perfectly. Also be sure to use the Quick Cooking Oats (not Old-Fashioned Oats) for best results.
Chocolate-Drizzled Oatmeal Cookies Variation:
Chocolate Drizzled Oatmeal Cookies: Prepare and bake cookies as directed above. Melt 1/2 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening. Drizzle mixture over cooled cookies. Tip: You can also drizzle with melted chocolate almond bark.
Optional Add-in Ideas:
Stir in 1 cup of ONE of the following ingredients before baking: chocolate chips, raisins, chopped mixed dried fruit, sweetened flaked coconut or chopped pecans. Bake as directed above.
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