Who doesn’t like oatmeal cookies? This is a good basic oatmeal cookie recipe that doesn’t contain nuts or raisins yet tastes great as is. You can always add extra things to the recipe. These cookies are a good way to get some oatmeal into the kids minus the battle.
- ¼ cup of shortening
- 1 cup of packed brown sugar
- ½ cup of white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 cup of all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- 3 cups of raw oatmeal (not instant)
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Have a couple cookie sheets ready.
Put the shortening and the rest of the wet ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Beat together until smooth. Put the dry ingredients, except the oats, in another bowl and stir with a fork. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix. Blend in the oatmeal.
Drop the cookie dough by heaping teaspoons onto the cookie sheet. Space the cookies about a half an inch or so apart. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
Spices can be added, such as a couple teaspoons of cinnamon ot allspice.
A cup or more of raisins or other dried fruit can be added.
The cookies can be frosted.
A cup or more of chocolate or butterscotch chips can be added.
A cup of hard shelled chocolate candies can be added.
A cup of chopped nuts can be added.
The dough can be baked as bar cookies. Press the dough into a greased jelly roll pan. Bake about 20 minutes or until it tests done. Frost the top or leave plain. Cut into squares or rectangles.