Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. Also super-hearty-could-pass-for-a-breakfast-cookie.
- Chances are, if you make these for your kids for boxed lunches, they won't actually get to eat them, because you'll eat them first.
- These stale quickly (or maybe it's just my altitude and arid climate). You might want to put a chunk of apple or something in an airtight container with them. Added bonus=a little apple essence added to the other flavors!
- My recipe alterations were mainly to deal with altitude, so if you're not altitude impaired, you might want to take a look at the original recipe here (also, weird, they've changed the recipe a little since the last time I bought Quaker Oats).
Here's the recipe:
Kitchen Sink Oatmeal Cookies *click here for printable version*
adapted from Quaker “Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies”
yield: approx. 3 dozen large cookies
1 c. butter, softened
⅔ c. firmly packed brown sugar
⅓ c. granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1-3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
3 c. rolled oats
4-5 c. add-ins (chopped nuts, chocolate chips, toasted coconut, dried fruits, whatever you like)
Preheat oven to 375.
With mixer on medium-high, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until well incorporated. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a separate bowl. With mixer on low, slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture along with 2 tsp water. Mix well. Stir in add-ins.
Drop by large spoonfuls (or #20 ice cream scoop) onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Store in an airtight container.
And here's what my "4-5 c. add-ins" was made up of:
1/2 c. toasted, chopped walnuts
1/4 c. toasted, chopped hazelnuts
1 c. toasted coconut
1 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. white chocolate chips
1 c. dried cherries
Now you believe me when I say "super hearty" right?
TGIP Rating--Kitchen Sink Oatmeal Cookies--KEEPER...although...I might still tweak this one a little. I might try honey in place of some of the sugar. And I might try another egg or more butter. I think the mixture might have been just a little too dry to begin with, so staling (yes, a word) happened faster than I expected.
Next up: "Mounds" Pie. Coconut and dark chocolate, YES.