My mother used to buy oatmeal cookies that came in small plastic packages for lunch. They were OK but dry and kind of bland. However, they bring fond memories. I had to try and make a version that was reminiscent of my childhood but had better texture and taste.

For a classic cookie you use classic cookie making methods.

I preheated an oven to 350 F (175 C).

I creamed 100 ml (1/4 cup plus 3 tablesoons) butter in my stand mixer with a paddle until fluffy. Then I added 60 ml (1/4 cup) white sugar and 100 ml (1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons) brown sugar and creamed on medium speed until totally mixed (about 2 minutes), scraping the bowl once while mixing..

I added one egg and beat until combined. I added 15 ml (1 tablespoon) milk and 4 ml (3/4 teaspoon) vanilla and mixed to combine, scraping the bowl once.

In a separate bowl, I mixed together 210 ml (3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) flour, 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) baking powder, 2 ml (1/3 teaspoon) baking soda, 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) salt and 1 ml (1/4 teaspoon) cinnamon. I added it to the batter and mixed at low speed, just until well mixed. Do not over mix.

Add 180 ml (3/4 cup) quick rolled oats and 120 ml (1/2 cup) chopped nuts. Mix on low until combined.

Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. Put rounded 5 ml (1 teaspoon) balls of batter on the cookie sheets 2 inches apart.

Bake at 350 F for 11 to 12 minutes (turn trays once) until the edges of the cookies are golden.

Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the tray and remove.

I did a movie showing how to make these cookies.

The Verdict

These are just what I was looking for. They had an old fashioned taste with a great crispy edges and a chewy centre. Any kid, old or young, will love these.

The Old Fat Guy

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