Oatmeal cookies from scratch; You can easily make these delicious plain oatmeal cookies from scratch and impress your family.
You guys? It’s 2014. Exactly how did that happen? 2013 was kind of a blur for me. A hard working, always blogging blur.
I’m hoping this year I can take some time to smell the roses, so to speak. Or smell the cookies. That would be more appropriate, especially given that the roses in our yard haven’t been doing too well, but we have had cookies a-plenty.
I don’t often purchase cookies (with the possible exception of Oreos, because yummmm!) but there is one I buy on rare occasions. It comes from a local bread store, where the pumpkin chip bread is divine, the breakfast sandwiches are all that and a bag of chips, and the cookies are as big as your face. When I need a quick gift or want to treat myself to something special, I buy a half dozen of their plain oatmeal cookies.
You have to know that I’m the world’s biggest fan of chocolate chips, but these plain cookies are to die for. Seriously.
I decided to try to recreate the experience at home. I didn’t hit the mark exactly, but I came pretty close. This cookie is not quite as sweet as some others on this site, and that coupled with the absence of chocolate chips makes it a lovely choice for January. Something simple after December’s abundance of sugar and butter.
Are you making resolutions this year? One of mine is to eat less sugar.
Don’t misunderstand me. If you are looking for an applesauce cookie recipe, you are looking in the wrong place. We will have none of that on this blog.
But, I believe in simplicity and clarity, and I think this Plain Oatmeal Cookie is just the dessert to embody those qualities.
Here’s to simplicity in 2014!
Plain Oatmeal Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 2 1/2 cups quick oats
- Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, vanilla, and water, and mix well.
- Add salt, soda, and cinnamon and mix well. Add flour, and mix just until combined. Add oats and mix just until combined.
- Drop spoonfuls onto a greased or lined baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 8-11 minutes.