Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe: Simpler Than a Mix
This Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe is a tweak to a classic
drop cookie, but with fewer ingredients making it simple and quick to put
It surprises many people to know that you don’t absolutely
need to add vanilla, salt, baking powder, or milk to cookie dough in order to make
great oatmeal cookies.
Having said that, The Elf’s version of this easy cookie
recipe calls for baking soda, mainly so that the cookie surfaces have bends and
crinkles on top. If you’re in a hurry or if you’re a minimalist, you can
simplify the recipe even further to just 6 ingredients if you eliminate the
baking soda and substitute the all-purpose flour with self-rising flour.
The Elf keeps the cinnamon, however. It adds flavor to this easy cookie recipe.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 8-12 minutes
Makes about 2 ½ - 3 dozen cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup raisins or nuts (optional)
Directions for this Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
- Preheat oven to 350º F. Line baking sheets with parchment
paper or silicone baking mats. Set baking sheets aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed,
cream together butter and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in egg. Gradually stir
in dry ingredients into creamed mixture until well blended.
- Mix in oats a little at a time until well incorporated into
- Add raisins or nuts (optional), combining them into the
thick dough with a large spoon.
- Scoop cookie dough into walnut-sized balls. Place on baking
sheets 2 inches apart. Use the heel of your hand to lightly flatten each
- Bake for 8-12 minutes until cookies are lightly brown on the
edges. Remove cookie sheets from the oven.
- Allow cookies to sit for 5 minutes before using a spatula to
transfer them to a wire rack. Cool completely.
- Store cookies in an airtight container.
Special Baking Tips for
this Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
- Use quick oats, rather than rolled oats, to give cookie
dough a smoother texture rather than a lumpy texture.
- When forming cookies, you can roll cookie dough into
walnut-sized balls rather than dropping dough in mounds in order to give
cookies a more uniform size. Flatten each rolled cookie slightly with the heel
of your hand.
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