"Recipes are meant to be shared"...Ann Thibeault

Friday, April 17, 2009

Best Oatmeal Cookies

I'm at the store today so I have no idea what dinner will be. So I thought I would share the cookies I baked this morning on Foodie Friday. Thanks again to Designs by Gollum for hosting Foodie Fridays.

I promised Moe last night I would make a batch of his favourite cookies today. So since I was up at 5 am, what better time to bake. We had cookies and coffee for breakfast.

I cut the recipe out of the Toronto Star Newspaper back in the '80's so I've been making them for many years. I stopped looking for the perfect Oatmeal cookie once I found this one. The cookie is thin and buttery. I'm a purist and like them plain but you can add raisins, cranberries, nuts, etc.

This cookie lives up to it's name "Best" Oatmeal Cookie.

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Oatmeal - Best Oatmeal Cookies
Source: Toronto Star

1 Cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup
packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 2/3 cup flour
3/4 Teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon
baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
dash nutmeg
1 1/2 cups rolled oats

Preheat oven to 350 Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat until smooth. Add vanilla Combined flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir into butter mixture. Add rolled oats. Roll into small balls (golf ball size) and flatten with glass dipped in sugar. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until bottoms are golden. Cookie should not get brown. Cool on wire rack.


  1. I can't imagine making cookies at 5a.m.! They look delicious, Ann.

  2. Oatmeal cookies are my all time favorite. I've enjoyed them for years. I can be handed several options and I will continually reach for the oatmeal. So this one is a recipe I'll use time and time again.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Sweet wishes your DB sis,

  3. I love early morning baking..Just worry about making too much noise for J..The day starts and it's already HOME w/ something freshly baked..
    I LOVE Oatmeal..not for breakfast..only if it's in the form of cookies!

    They look great.I think I have made them..Been following you so long:)

  4. I've been looking for the "perfect" oatmeal cookie for ages. I will certainly give this one a go. Thank you for sharing!

  5. You are an early bird! What a great way to wake up to the smell of freshly-baked cookies ;) They sound wonderful.

  6. Thank you for posting this recipe! I love it! I made these last night & they're better than my moms! I love it!

  7. Thanks everyone for your comments.

    Kathleen, Susan, I've always been an early riser. Usually up between 5:30 and 6:30 every morning including my days off. I'd love to be able to sleep in, but can't

    Sara, I hope you give this recipe a try.

    Monique, Moe is up at the same time if not earlier so I don't have to worry about waking him up. Like you I only like oatmeal cookies. Not cooked oatmeal.

    Katy, I'm glad you are going to give the recipe a try. I hope you will let me know what you think.

    Raposo, Glad you liked the cookies. Please don't tell your mom though.


  8. I am bookmarking this to make for my husband. They look wonderful. You have a great blog. I really love your recipes :D

  9. These look very tasty! But are the chewy cookies or crisp cookies?

  10. Heavenly Housewife, Thanks. I hope your husband loves them as much as mine does.

    Afua, If you like a crispy cookie, just bake them a minute or two longer. I would say they are more a chewy cookie. Very thin though, not "cakey". Does that make sense?

  11. Deborah, MississaugaWednesday, April 29, 2009

    Just made these. YUM, they're fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

  12. You are right, no need for any other oatmeal cookie recipes. I have been looking for this cookie for a long time. My grandma used to make a cookie like this. Yum! Thanks!!

  13. Deborah,You are welcome. I'm glad you tried the recipe and liked it.

    Mindi, "I have been looking for this cookie for a long time. My grandma used to make a cookie like this."

    Thank you, your comment touched my heart.

  14. Yes, your "chewy" description makes perfect sense. I've been looking for such a recipe, so thanks!

  15. I think I'm going to bake these right now! :)

  16. I just finished making these and they are amazing!! I'm so glad I found this. Thank you sooo much!

  17. Thanks Anonymous. Glad you like my favourite oatmeal cookie.


  18. these are awesome. I only had unsalted butter so I used 1 tsp of sea salt and added chopped walnuts... DELISH!!

  19. I'm glad you liked them. I've added toasted walnuts or pecans and I like them with dried cranberries too. If you like raisins you could also add them to the mix.


  20. these cookies are everything an oatmeal cookie should be...
    i didn't flatten them with a cup dipped in sugar because i felt there was enough sugar in the recipe itself, and i don't like my cookies over sweet. instead i used my hands to flatten them. basically, they are so good the first batch has already disappeared before the second batch could finish baking! the kids obviously approve!

  21. Just made these and WHOA...they are good. Sending them to some friends cause they are dangerous to have in the house. No need to look any farther for the "best" oatmail cookie, I just found it.

  22. Glad you enjoyed the cookies. They came with the name Best Oatmeal Cookie and I have to agree. I stopped looking when I found this recipe.

  23. I just wanted to tell you that these cookies are AMAZING!!!!! I am always trying new recipes and this is by far the best oatmeal cookie ever! Thank you so much for sharing it !!

  24. Thank you for blogging on how to make these cookies! I make them often and it is hard to not just sit eat the cookie dough :). All the best to you and yours. Thank you!!

  25. Would these turn out okay if I made them with the Quick Oats? thanks.

  26. Would these turn out okay if I used the Quick Oats? Thanks.

    1. Jenn, I always have old fashion oats on hand so that is what I use. I don't see why you couldn't use quick oats.



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