Friday, April 8, 2016

easy small-batch oatmeal cookies

cards on the table: I'm not a fan of raisins.  shockingly, these oatmeal cookies do not have any raisins in them.  if you do like raisins, first of all, what? and second of all, why? and third of all, well then throw some in there.  geeze, it's a free country...

these are super easy and pretty quick and I made them up so here we go!  makes twelve nice sized cookies and they're fluffy! now, ingredients:
  • 0.75 c flour (all-purpose)
  • 0.5 tsp baking soda
  • 0.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 0.25 tsp salt
  • 0.5 c butter (1 stick), softened
  • 0.25 c white sugar
  • 0.25 c dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 c oats (mine happened to be the abominable instant oats which I bought by mistake save yourselves)

step 1!  stick the soft butter, white sugar, and brown sugar in a mixing bowl.  smash smash smash until creamed together niiiice and smooth.  add the egg and whip everything together (I use a fork because mixers are for sissies).

(kidding. sorry mom.)

step 2!  add the baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and flour in two bits, mixing as you go.  then mix in the oats about half at a time, mixing mixing mixing.  then stick the whole bowl in the fridge for forty-five minutes to an hour (aka time to watch an episode of something on netflix).

step 3!  when you're about ready, preheat the oven to 350F and grease a baking sheet (you only need one because it's a small batch).  make walnut-sized globs of dough with your hands.  slap 'em on the pan and kinda squish 'em with your palm so they aren't globes.  you can see the general 1-inch spacing and shape in the picture above.

step 4!  bake for 10-12 minutes.  the tops will still be soft when you check them!  if the bottom edges look a little browned, you're good.  pull those suckers out and let them cool on the pan to set up.  ta da!

they're very simple, I'll grant you.  if you don't like that kind of thing, then toss in some chocolate chips or maybe diced up green apple or...raisins... but if you're like me, you want to be able to make something very simple with all four ingredients you can afford to keep in the house.  okay, a little bit of an exaggeration, but I'll stop making excuses for my tastes now.  I like 'em.  I hope you do too.