The oatmeal cookie may well be considered the comfort food of cookies. Although I suppose all cookies could be considered comfort food, there is something about the subtly spicy taste of the oatmeal cookie that conjures up feelings of home no matter where you may be when eating them.
Easy Oatmeal Cookies
It is likely that the oatmeal cookie is a takeoff on Scottish oatcakes that were popular in the Middle Ages. The oatcakes used similar ingredients but were crispier in texture than the oatmeal cookie we know today.
Oatmeal cookies are often thought of as health food because of the fiber and vitamins the oatmeal and raising contain. However, when you look at the fat, sugar, calorie and fiber content, they are just about equal to that of a chocolate chip cookie. However, many have played around with the recipe to produce an oatmeal cookie that is a bit more nutritious.
The first recipe for the oatmeal cookie was published in the Boston Cooking School Cook Book in 1896 and did not include raisins. However, raisins became a more popular ingredient in the cookie due to the oatmeal raisin cookies that were featured on nearly every Quaker Oats container beginning in the early 1900’s.
The inclusion of the raisins in the cookie has sparked much controversy. Though some think they are the perfect complement to the treat, others feel that they are too easily confused with chocolate chips and therefore produce disappointment when one bites into them.
This controversy has escalated into pop culture where many comedians and public figures have used oatmeal cookie raisins as analogies for something displeasing or a political policy they disagreed with.
The recipe we feature here contains raisins although you are welcome to leave them out or even substitute them with chocolate chips to produce cookies that please the masses.
This oatmeal cookie recipe produces soft oatmeal cookies that stay soft even when cooled. A delicious blend of brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla infuse the oats as they bake, making each bite a flavorful blend of spices and texture. Oatmeal cookie recipes are plentiful, truly great recipes are scarce. This recipe is a truly great one.
Soft Oatmeal Cookies – Recipe and IngredientsPrint
This oatmeal cookie recipe produces soft oatmeal cookies that stay soft even when cooled.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3 cups quick cooking oats
- raisins or nuts (optional)
- In a medium bowl, cream together white sugar, butter, and brown sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla.
- Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda,and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in oats. If you are using nuts or raisins, mix into dough, combining well. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Roll the dough into balls, and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: easy oatmeal cookies, soft oatmeal cookies