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Best Oatmeal Cookies

Best Oatmeal Cookies

Company’s coming over and you forgot to pick up dessert. No problem. Give yourself a break by turning to this bakes‑under‑ten‑minutes version of a classic goody. Oatmeal cookies are a true favourite, but you’ll love them even more when you can prepare these while changing into your party outfit.

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  • 1-1/4 cups (2‑1/2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups all‑purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups Large Flake Quaker® Oats or Quick Quaker® Oats (uncooked)

How to make it

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat margarine and sugars until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; mix well. Add oats; mix well.
  2. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 9 minutes for a chewy cookie or 10 to 11 minutes for a crisp cookie. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Cook’s Notes
HIGH ALTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: Increase flour to 1‑3/4 cups and bake as directed.

BAR COOKIES: Press dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9‑inch baking pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered.
24 BARS VARIATIONS: Stir in 1 cup raisins or chopped nuts. Omit spices; stir in 1 cup semi‑sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or peanut butter‑flavoured chips.