Oatmeal Cookies

(from Ryan77’s recipe box)

Source: Joanne Fluke

Categories: Cookies


  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup raisins or another small, fairly soft sweet treat (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., rack in the middle position.

  2. Mix the softened butter, brown sugar, and white sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on HIGH speed until they’re light and fluffy.

  3. Add the beaten eggs and mix them in on MEDIUM speed.

  4. Turn the mixer down to LOW speed and add the vanilla extract, the salt, and the baking soda. Mix well.

  5. Add the flour in half-cup increments, beating on MEDIUM speed after each addition.

  6. With the mixer on LOW speed, add the oatmeal. Then add the optional nuts, and/or the optional fruit or sweet treat.

  7. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, take the bowl out of the mixer, and give the cookie dough a final stir by hand. Let it sit, uncovered, on the counter while you prepare your cookie sheets.

  8. Spray your cookie sheets with Pam or another nonstick cooking spray. Alternatively, you can line them with parchment paper and spray that lightly with cooking spray.

  9. Get out a tablespoon from your silverware drawer. Wet it under the faucet so that the dough won’t stick to it, and scoop up a rounded Tablespoon of dough. Drop it in mounds on the cookie sheet, 12 mounds to a standard-size sheet.

  10. Bake the Eleanor Olson’s Oatmeal Cookies at 350 degrees F. for 9 to 11 minutes, or until they’re nice and golden on top.

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