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I love having the kids home (on and off) for the holidays. Besides all of the holiday traditional foods, I love to make their favorites. I do believe my go-to oatmeal cookies recipe was the first cookies the twins ate and 23 years later, they are still the ones I bake when they come home. And I bake them a lot just to have in the house.

What makes this oatmeal cookies recipe special is that they are always a crowd pleaser and pack and travel well. They are the ones I dress up for parties and bring to friends all year long.  The recipe is so versatile, you can add the mix-ins to fit the season or the occasion.

One tip for making these simple cookies fancy is to dip them in powered sugar about 3 minutes after they come out of the oven. This makes them fancy and a sweet bite.

A few of my favorite mix-ins for the holiday season are Cranberries and Pistachios and White Chocolate Chips and Dried Cherries. Yum….

Questions we are frequently asked about Oatmeal Cookies…

Can I use quick oats to make Oatmeal Cookies?

Yes, but Old Fashioned Rolled Oats are always the best.

Are oatmeal cookies healthy for you?

Oatmeal is a whole grain cereal considered to have many health benefits.  This is one of the reasons I always choose to make oatmeal cookies. But, of course, we are not health experts and will not make any health claims.

Why do my cookies always go flat?

Sometimes things just happen.  Here are some of the top reasons why cookies go flat when baking:

  1. The oven temperature is too hot.
  2. Your baking power and baking soda are too old. Yes, these can go bad and you want to make sure they are still active.
  3. You forgot to take out your butter the night before and melt the butter.
  4. Your cookie sheets need to be replaced.

Go-To Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter – I leave this out the night before, so it is soft in the morning.
  • 2 eggs – at room temperature
  • 1 cup Florida Crystals Organic Raw Cane Sugar
  • 1 cup Florida Crystals Organic Brown Raw Cane Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour – I use one cup whole wheat pastry flour and one cup whole wheat flour.
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsps cinnamon
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • Add up to 1 1/2 cups of whatever you want or nothing.  We like chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, cranberries, raisins, or cherries.
  • 4 tablespoons Florida Crystals Organic Powdered Raw Cane Sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a mixer.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  • Slowly add in the oats.how to prepare the dough for oatmeal cookies recipe
  • Evenly divide the dough into the number of bowls of different mix-ins you want. Here are some examples:
    • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip – 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
    • Coconut and Ginger – 1/4 cup dried coconut in small pieces and 1/4 cup Ginger crystals in small pieces
    • White Chocolate Chip and Pistachio – 1/2 cup white chocolate chips and 1/4 cup pistachios in small pieces
    • Plain old Oatmeal Cookies
  • Add 1/4 of the dough to each of the bowls above and mix in the mix-ins.what are some mix-ins for go-to oatmeal cookies recipe
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and for each cookie, drop a teaspoon of cookie mixture.  Lightly press down on each cookie with a wet fork.scoring oatmeal cookies
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Let cool for 3 minutes, then dip the top of each cookie in the powdered sugar.dipping oatmeal cookies in florida crystals powdered sugar

A side note…

Why I choose Florida Crystals you might ask? First it is organic! But even more importantly, it is organic sugar that bakes well. Often, the way in which organic sugars are processed means they can be difficult to bake with but not with Florida Crystals. Second, it is made here in the US and is harvested and milled the same day. Finally, and just as importantly, Florida Crystals has the same high standards that I do when it comes to the environment, including using renewable energy operations.

What’s your favorite holiday cookie recipe?

Go-To Oatmeal Cookies Recipe for Any Occasion

A versatile oatmeal cookies recipe that you can dress up or down and is perfect for any occasion when you add your choice of mix-ins.

Author Dana Zucker

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter leave out night before to soften
  • 1 cup Florida Crystals Organic Raw Cane Sugar
  • 1 cup Florida Crystals Organic Brown Raw Cane Sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour 1 cup whole wheat pastry 1 cup whole wheat
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups mix-ins optional - chocolate or white chocolate chips, cranberries, raisins, pistachios, cherries
  • 4 tbsp Florida Crystals Organic Powdered Raw Cane Sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375

  2. Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar in mixer

  3. Add eggs and vanilla

  4. In a small bow, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinammon

  5. Slowly add in the oats

  6. Evenly divide the dough in the number of bowls of mix-ins you want. Examples: 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/4 cup dried coconut and 1/4 cup ginger crystals or 1/2 cup white chocolate chips and 1/4 cup pistachios

  7. Add 1/4 of the dough to each of the bowls and mix in

  8. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and drop a tsp of cookie mix for each cookie. Lightly press down on each cookie with a wet fork.

  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes

  10. Let cool for 3 minutes and dip top in powdered sugar