Thursday, September 2, 2010

My Favorite Oatmeal Cookies

These are a Quaker recipe, and yes they have shortening in them (gasp!), maybe that's why I love them so? I've made them a few times over here and an apple version here so now I've added them to my recipe's new home. I just whipped these up today, they're so fast and easy. These are really soft and keep for days, if they last! (if anyone out there has a good soft & chewy recipe without using shortening I'd love to try it!)

Quaker Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Heat oven to 350°F.
In large bowl, beat brown sugar, shortening and granulated sugar until creamy. Add egg, water and vanilla; beat well. Add combined oats, flour, salt and baking soda; mix well.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Add 1 cup of any one or a combination of any of the following ingredients to basic cookie dough: raisins, chopped nuts, chocolate chips or shredded coconut.

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