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Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

I packed chocolate chips, raisins, nuts and cinnamon into my oatmeal cookie recipe. These soft
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup each raisins and chopped pecans
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, molasses and vanilla; beat well.
  • Combine the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the raisins, pecans and chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 9-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pans for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.

Chewy Oatmeal Cookie Tips

What kind of oats are the best for cookies?

Old-fashioned and quick-cooking oats are best for baking cookies. Old-fashioned oats are chewy, nutty and have a flat, full shape. Quick-cooking (also called rolled oats) have been pressed and cut into smaller pieces. Although this recipe calls for quick-cooking oats, old-fashioned oats work just as well if you prefer a heartier, chewier oat in your cookies. Learn more about the different types of oats.

Why are my oatmeal cookies hard?

Overmixing is usually the culprit when you end up with dry, tough cookies. Mix the ingredients at a slow speed, or better yet, mix by hand with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon just until the ingredients are combined. Also, when a cookie recipe calls for butter, don’t substitute shortening, which can produce a drier cookie.

Are oatmeal cookies good for you?

Oatmeal cookies may appear nutritious compared to other decadent treats, but they still pack plenty of calories. If you are calorie-conscious, check out these healthy cookie recipes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 103 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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