Cookies Create Warmth in the Soul
When I was a little girl, we moved A LOT. More than most people can imagine. This made me long for some old-fashioned home-grown roots, and stability. One starkly clear memory I hold is of visiting friends and family who seemed to always stay in the same place. I remarked that one particular joy they shared, was a kitchen piping hot with freshly baked cookies. You can imagine what I dreamed about as a girl. Indeed, I longed to have a kitchen smelling sweetly of cinnamon and ready to give cookies to whatever child bounded into the room. Soon, those dreams grew into a belief that cookies create warmth in the soul. I hope these perfect homemade oatmeal cookies bring you some joy and warmth today!
The Crumble of A Cookie
I don’t know about you, but the texture of a cookie matters so much to me. Truly, I cannot tell you how many times I tested an oatmeal cookie recipe only to be sourly disappointed. These crispy, chewy treats were born from determination, and perhaps some hungry kids looking for a snack.
Everyone prefers a different texture in a cookie. My husband loves them to taste like a biscuit, with an almost ‘bread-like’ quality. Personally, I need a chewy cookie that can crumble! I have discovered it takes some determination to find the type of cookie you seek. But with a little perseverance, you can create the texture you long for.
I find temperature and duration is everything in a cookie. When they bake too high, the bottoms will be tough and the tops unfinished. Be sure to cook them evenly, so as to crisp the edges without scorching the underside.
If your oven runs hot, lower the temperature slightly. For example, I usually bake my cookies in my convection oven at 335 degrees Fahrenheit. This will help keep a “too hot oven” to get under control and your cookies balanced. A slightly lower temperature also seems to allow the cookie to MELT into decadence.
In addition, I find that cooking them at a slightly lower temperature often allows the butter to weld perfectly into the sugars and create that crispy edge you want!
I am ALL FOR creating healthier recipes, with less sugar, more healthy grains, and boosting gut health.
This is not one of those recipes.
While I am a self-proclaimed health advocate, I DO firmly believe, a healthy, balanced life contains a little sugar. These cookies, are simply loaded with flavour and sweetness, so do not be fooled into believing they are gut healthy. BUT they are absolutely DELICIOUS for the soul.
Mix it Up
These perfect homemade oatmeal cookies can be whipped up in any kitchen using a simple wooden spoon. But since the opportunity has called for it, I will share with you how much I LOVE my kitchen aid mixer that was gifted to me.
I spent more than a decade mixing every recipe under the sun with my antique wooden spoon (which is still dear to my heart). I even chiseled my arm out by whipping WHIP CREAM by hand.
But one bright afternoon, not too too long ago, my father and his partner arrived for a visit and gifted me with my very own Kitchen Aid Mixer. “I was excited” was an understatement. Bearing a heavy price tag, I could never bring myself to spend the money on one, even if I bake constantly and could afford it. It was a dream I met with open arms, I assure you!
As I mentioned, these delightful cookies do not require a mixer of any kind, but if you would like to purchase one similar for all baking joys, you can find one HERE.
Tips for Perfect Homemade Oatmeal Cookies
- Be sure your oven does not run too hot, as mentioned above. Lower the temperature slightly if it does, by at least 10 degrees but not more than 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Do not bake until ‘golden all over’. Leave the middle slightly less solid and golden than the edges, for a chewy cookie centre. Be sure to remove from oven when they get golden around the edges!
- Keep an eye on your cookies! A minute or two makes a BIG difference in the life of a cookie (both in and out of the oven…yum!).
- Play with the flavours, to your taste! If you love cardamom, or almond extract, coconut or M&M’s, experiment with the recipe to make it your own!
PERFECT Homemade Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 Cup of unsalted butter
- 2 Cups of Brown Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (Make your own HERE!)
- 1 1/2 Cups of Flour
- 3 Cups of Rolled Oats
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp salt
- TRUE Ceylon Cinnamon
- Add in chocolate chip (dark or milk to taste), cranberries, raisins or whatever else you prefer.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (335 degrees Fahrenheit if your oven runs a bit hot).
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Beat 1 cup of unsalted butter to smooth. Add 2 cups of brown sugar and blend well. Crack eggs into a separate bowl to avoid shells in the batter. Blend into “Butter Mix”. Add the Vanilla Extract. You can find a simple recipe for making your own (and inexpensively!) HERE.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups of flour, 3 cups rolled oats, 1 tsp TRUE CINNAMON, 1 tsp baking powder, and 1 tsp salt.
- Add “dry ingredients” , 1 cup at a time, blended well between each addition.
- Add in chocolate chips, raisins, cranberries, dried blueberries, coconut or whatever additions you prefer!
- Bake for 6-8 minutes until golden edges appear and cookie looks a bit ‘soft’ in the middle.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 10 minutes before enjoying! Don’t forget the milk!
PERFECT Homemade Oatmeal Cookies
- Kitchen Aid Mixer (optional)
- 1 cup Unsalted Butter
- 2 cups Brown Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 3 cups Rolled Oats
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp TRUE CEYLON CINNAMON
- 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
- 1 1/2 Cup Cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (335 degrees Fahrenheit if your oven runs a bit hot). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Beat 1 cup of unsalted butter to smooth. Add 2 cups of brown sugar and blend well. Crack eggs into a separate bowl to avoid shells in the batter. Blend into "Butter Mix". In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups of flour, 3 cups rolled oats, 1 tsp, baking powder, and 1 tsp salt. Add "dry ingredients" , 1 cup at a time, blended well between each addition. Add in chocolate chips, raisins, cranberries, dried blueberries, coconut or whatever additions you prefer!Bake for 6-8 minutes until golden edges appear and cookie looks a bit 'soft' in the middle. Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 10 minutes before enjoying! Don't forget the milk!