Just some Oatmeal Cookies

Sometimes you want a simple cookie and why not make them big and chewy. This craving brought me to make simple oatmeal cookies that I have been making since the kids were little. You can make them any size you want-but bigger sometimes really is better and hits the spot!

Oatmeal Cookies

1 1/2 cups (375 mL) all purpose flour

1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda

1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cinnamon

2/3 cup (150 mL) butter, softened

1/3 cup (75 mL) canola oil

1 cup (250 mL) packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla

1 1/2 cups (375 mL) large flake oats

1 1/2 cups (375 mL) quick cooking oats 

Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside.

In a large bowl, using electric hand mixer beat together butter, oil, brown and granulated sugars until combined and smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each one. Beat in vanilla. 

Stir flour mixture into butter mixture. Add large flake and quick cooking oats and stir until well combined.

Using a 1/4 cup (60 mL) measure or ice cream scoop, scoop out dough onto prepared sheets. You will probably only get about 6 per sheet (you need to leave space for them to spread). Bake for about 15 minutes or until light golden. Repeat with remaining dough.

Makes 18 large cookies or 3 to 4 dozen smaller cookies.

Tip: You can also make smaller cookies you will just need to adjust timing, here's what I did:

If you use about 2 tbsp (30 mL) of dough or 1 rounded tbsp (15 mL) will take about 10 to 12 minutes. 

Tip: If you don't have both size oats not to worry, you can use all of 1 kind. I just like the texture of some of the larger oats with the smaller ones. You can also make your own quick cooking oats by putting the large flake oats in a food processor and breaking them up a bit. 

Tip: If you want to keep the cookies on the softer side, like I do. I always put them in the freezer once they are cool so I can sneak them from the freezer whenever I want! 

Tip: Oh and if you want to add some raisins or dried cranberries or nuts or chocolate chips, no problem. Add about 1 cup (250 mL) or so (or more) if you like!


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