My Quaker Oats Cookies

Just a quick note to share with my adaptation on the Quaker Oat Oatmeal-Raisin cookie that’s been around forever. I made these for my kids for Christmas-not a traditional Christmas cookie. Everyone in the house loved them, and I never did a lot of baking, so they always asked at Christmas time when I was inclined to bake.- smile

Quaker Oats put the recipe right on the inside of their cap. Just be sure to use the real oats you have to cook, not the instant oats that are made in a microwave. The cookie will be too mushy. I have used an Irish shaved oat flake that can be microwaved and they came out ok, but I would be afraid to use instant oats.

I try to follow the recipe from the oatmeal cap, but we don’t like raisins, so I substitute toll house chocolate chips or even dark chocolate chips. I also add a couple of handfuls of walnuts. This makes for a very lumpy batter but it seems to work out ok for me. I place a tablespoon-sized clump on the cookie sheet. In the oven at 350 F for 8 to 10 minutes, and then place on paper on the counter to cool.

I had two issues with this batch. First, this morning I put the softened butter and sugar in the bowl and creamed them together and then found out I didn’t have any vanilla. I didn’t think it matters but I confess that without the sweet flavor of the chocolate chips to compensate, the vanilla would have been sorely missed. Also, I had no walnuts. and I missed them.

Secondly, I attempted this with a hand mixer. I ended up doing most by hand with a thick wooden spoon. Next time I will get my Kitchen Aid Mixer out.

I hope you can read the recipient of the inside cover in this picture.

While I was waiting for the cookies to bake, I decided to oil up my olive wood cutting board. It looked a bit dried out and the oil adds protection and increased the life of the wood. Make sure to use an oil/wax that is food safe and made for cutting boards.

Hope you enjoy the cookies….don’t be afraid to substitute or leave out an ingredient in a recipe if you think you can get away with it. These tasted just fine.

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