Oatmeal Cookies



I have been baking as long as my mother would let me in the kitchen.  Which was always.  She was great about cooking as long as I would clean the kitchen.  But, I only could bake.  No main dishes or vegetables or anything like that.  Why?  I guess it was because baking to an extent is very cheap.  Flour, sugar, eggs, milk and butter that’s about all you need.  We were on a very tight budget.  Sooo I have been baking for a long time. And you know I don’t even care for sweets that much.  I just love to bake.  Here is another recipe back in the day of the first few years of teaching.  It is from Quaker Oats website.  It no longer appears on the box.

First a few tips about baking cookies:

  • Make sure that you use butter which I prefer or margarine for baking.  Do not use whipped or low-fat margarine.
  • Ingredients should be at room temperature.
  • Butter should be soft, but not too soft or the cookies will flatten as they bake
  • Use parchment paper on your cookie sheets. This saves time in washing cookie sheets.
  • Find a good cookie sheet.  Expensive is not always the best.  A shiny cookie sheet is better than dull.
  • Do not use your cookie sheet for any other food for example to make cheese toast .
  • Be careful about the cooking time.  You should know your oven.  Does it cook quicker or slower than the recipe recommends?
  • Just 1 minute more cooking time for cookies is a lot.  Remember these are small little things!

    Measure all ingredients separately

    Measure all ingredients separately

Softened Butter and Sugars
Softened Butter and Sugars
Cream butter and sugar

Cream butter and sugar

Add egg and vanilla

Add egg and vanilla

Add dry ingredients except oats

Add dry ingredients except oats

Mix well

Mix well

Stir in oats

Stir in oats

Place on baking sheet with parchment paper

Place on baking sheet with parchment paper

Quaker’s Best Oatmeal Cookies

  • 11/4 cups butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups Quakers Oats old fashioned

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Beat together margarine and sugars until creamy.  Add egg and vanilla: beat well.  Add combined flour, baking soda, salt and spices: mix well. Stir in oats: mix well.  Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 8 to 9 minutes for a chewy cookie or 10 to 11 minutes for a crisp cookie.  Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet: remove to wire rack.  Cool completely.  Store in a tightly covered container.

Makes about  4 1/2 dozen


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Filed under Cookies, Cooking, Dessert, Oatmeal, Recipes

61 responses to “Oatmeal Cookies

  1. Amy

    Those are the BEST oatmeal cookies!! Thanks for sharing the recipes!!!!!

  2. Jennifer Pham

    My mom loves oatmeal cookies and I think she will like this recipe. I have just two questions. Can you replace parchment paper with wax paper and will it turn out the same way?

  3. From reading this recipe, i learned that if your butter is to soft it will flatten your cookies. i will keep that in mind while i’m baking 🙂

  4. Ashley Maryniak

    I never knew that butter that is too soft could flatten the cookies! These tips are very helpful.


  6. taylor roddy

    i didn’t know all of your ingredients had to be at room temperature, usually i just take my ingredients out and start cooking, thanks for the tip! 🙂

  7. ariel smith

    by reading this, Butter should be soft, but not too soft or the cookies will flatten as they bake

  8. carly hart

    i didn’t know that if your butter was too soft, the cookies could flatten! just comes to show that you must be careful while mixing ingredients. thanks for the tip, i will keep that in mind!

  9. Ashley Kendrick

    So i definitely didn’t know using parchment paper on your cookie sheets is better and saves time.

  10. Brooke Maryniak

    I never knew you could use parchment paper instead of putting the cookies right on the cookie sheet. Thanks!

  11. Yesica Melchor

    Good tip on using parchment paper on the cookie sheet. One less thing to wash.

  12. Leslie Stewart

    I love oatmeal cookies. Its good to know that baking is cheap and does not take a lot to make such wonderful treats.

  13. blakely

    i didnt know that the ingredients should be kept at room temperature.

  14. Isata

    i didnt know that you had to use butter and not whipped or low-fat margarine. and that butter should be soft, but not too soft or the cookies will flatten as they bake !

  15. hanna

    I never knew you couldn’t use your cookie sheet for making anything else!

  16. Erin

    I didn’t know that you have to have your butter at room temperature too. I usually take it straight out of the refrigerator and start cooking.

  17. Parker

    Salt? I didn’t know you could use salt in cookies. What is it for?

  18. imari daniels

    i never knew that ingredients should be at room temperature.

  19. Elizabeth

    Room temperature, nice tip!

  20. i didnt know to get the best cookie sheets, expensive is not always better.

  21. Ana

    These cookies look delicious YUM!!!!!!!!!

  22. Taylor roddy

    im usually not a fan of oatmeal cookies but these look delicious 🙂 thanks for posting!

  23. shantrell

    I don’t really like oatmeal cookies but these look good.

  24. Uniqua

    These look delicious.
    I Love oatmeal cookies and these look simple to make when you’re just at home.

  25. Courtney dison

    i learned you can make oatmeal cookies from scratch instead of buying them out of the store

  26. Evan major

    I didnt know that you could use parchment paper instead of just using the cookie sheet good idea!

  27. Bethany B. 1st

    I learned that leaving them in longer will make the cookies more crunchy, and leaving them in for a shorter time makes them chewy. They were so good!

  28. Haylee W

    I learned that if the butter is too soft, the cookies will flatten. 🙂

  29. Brittany - 1st period.

    I learned how to use a stand-up mixer, and that it’s quite easy to use. Also, it makes blending ingredients together so much simpler 🙂

  30. Aaron V.

    When make any type of cookie, if you use butter you must keep an eye on then or the bottoms when burn.

  31. danielle

    i learned that you cant use whipped or low-fat margarine.

  32. Alexis A

    While making these I learned that you really need to watch what you are doing. If you don’t you could ruin your cookies and get burned. Trust me its not fun!

  33. Rachel S.

    I learned that the ingredients need to be at room temperature.

  34. anna 1st

    I learned that you can freeze cookies.

  35. Chelsea M

    I learned that when cooking these you need to make sure you have real butter. Not that whipped stuff.

  36. chasitywilson

    i learned not to add flour all at once.

  37. Tatiana G 1st period

    I know this might sound kind of silly but I didnt know you actually add Quaker Oats to oatmeal cookies.

  38. tommie 1st

    I learned that all ingredients should be at room temperature.

  39. Tyrone

    i learned that all ingredients need to be at room temperture to work and not to add all the flour at once

  40. Abby T.

    i learned that you can mess up the recipe by measuring the wrong ingredients.

  41. Naomi

    I learned that if you put cookies in the freezer they will last longer.

  42. Vaida R

    I learned that the butter/margarine must be soft when cooking cookies or they will flatten as they bake!

  43. amy w

    i learned that you need to make sure you blend it well!!

  44. yvonne mcgregor

    this was great i learned that it is harder then it looked

  45. tania

    i learned that you dont use whipped or low-fat margarine when making cookies.

  46. Levi Atkinson

    the funny thing was i didnt know i liked oatmeal cookies but by eating it and preparing it i ate all the cookies right up with no problem nor complaints

  47. Sarah J

    I learned that you don’t have to make drop cookies with this recipe you can also make bar cookies!!

  48. Tori B. 2nd

    I learned if you add all the flour at once it makes a huge mess.

  49. courtney e

    i learned that if you put the cookies on a more elevated cooling rack they will cool a lot faster.

  50. kim s.

    i learned that if the butter is too soft it will make the cookies run all over the pan

  51. Lexxi J

    These cookies were great but I learned that the batter taste better than the cookie! 🙂

  52. cynthia I

    I learned you have to put brown sugar & regular sugar to make this.

  53. RadianceM

    I never had oatmeal cookies before! But when I tried them they were awesome!

  54. erika

    these we really good and i’m going to make these very soon.

  55. Marianna

    I learned that baking cookies isn’t as easy as it seems.

  56. Kamryn 1st

    i learned that you cannot replace parchment paper with wax paper.

  57. amber

    i learned you dont have to put nutmeg in the cookies if you have chocolate chips

  58. Jonathan P

    i learned that wax and parchment paper are different

  59. Breanna swanson

    i learned that packing in the brown sugar is a big part of preparing these oatmeal cookies

  60. Tiffani Willis

    I learned that not putting in the correct amounts of each ingredient can damage your cookies.

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