Basic Oatmeal Cookies

Cathy Nunn Recipe

By Cathy Nunn CJNUNN

about 5 dozen
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I call this recipe "basic" because from this starter recipe, you can add or adapt the recipe to add many other kinds of additions...nuts, raisins, coconut, dried cranberries, etc. I have made these for years and never had a bad batch!


1 c
butter or margarine (that's 2 sticks)
1 c
white granulated sugar
1 c
lightly packed light brown sugar
2 large
1 1/2 tsp
vanilla extract
2 1/2 c
sifted, all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
1 1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon
3 c
quick cooking oats

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium sized bowl, melt butter or margarine in the microwave until soft and melting, add white and brown sugars and blend well. Beat in the eggs, then stir in the vanilla. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking soda, salt & cinnamon and stir, blending well. Add the butter & sugar mixture and stir it in well, blending all. Add oats and mix together well.
Place by spoonfuls or make walnut-sized balls if you can onto cookie sheets. (I use parchment to bake on. You never burn the bottoms of the cookies using parchment!) Place about 2 inches apart.
Bake 12-15 minutes (Watch your oven--baking time may vary.) Let sit for 2 to 3 minutes, then remove from cookie sheet.
NOTES: As I said, this is just a basic recipe. If you wish to add something to the mix, feel free! For example, 1 Cup chopped pecans or walnuts, 1 Cup raisins or dried cranberries, 2/3 cup of coconut, etc... I have even mixed in 1/2 Cup of English Toffee bits with chopped pecans and they turned out fantastic! And I will mention again the ease with which cookies bake on parchment paper! I'll never grease another cookie sheet ever again! Try it!

Bon Apetit' Y'all!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Tracie Ortiz Msortiz7
Jan 13, 2012
I just made these and boy are they good! I did add about 1/2 c.chopped dried cranberries. Can't wait to show them off to my hubby when he gets home!
Cathy Nunn CJNUNN
Dec 2, 2011
I get the two confused often...
Cynthia Wiggins-Wyrick wiggi0828
Dec 2, 2011
I think the "basic" look you posted and is "puffy" made them look really good! I also didn't know Baking Soda helped them not be flat. I thought it was Baking Powder that did that?

I never knew why we had to add Baking Soda or what it did...LOL
Cathy Nunn CJNUNN
Dec 2, 2011
You are most welcome, Cynthia!! I hope you enjoy them... I also wanted to mention... This recipe will make the cookies puff up. If you want them flatter and chewier, cut back on the baking soda by 1/2 tsp.
Cynthia Wiggins-Wyrick wiggi0828
Dec 1, 2011
hmmm...I guess I just have thicker cookies! I'm not a baker myself, but I do like Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins and Nuts... I'm not patient enough to bake myself very often, and I'm not a "sweets" eater. Though while I'm "under-employed" I have time and the oatmeal will help my minor cholestoral issues (I'm so right at borderline on high and thankfully no meds yet) so if I can add oats in and like them, I appreciate your basic recipe! Thanks!