Now that school has started, many of you will be looking for lunchbox or after-school snacks.
How about making up a batch of oatmeal cookies?
Everyone likes them and they can serve as a snack or dessert. And nothing goes better with an ice-cold glass of milk.
The only problem is how fast these cookies disappear, especially when they’re hot. Warning: You may have to ration or hide some of these tasty treats to be sure to have some during the week.
By making them from scratch, however, you have control over the size you want to serve, especially for lunchboxes or snacks. So, go ahead and make them small, and you won’t feel as bad about the sugar and fats.
These recipes are simple and similar, and they can go into the cookie jar or on to the party table. One cookie is plain, one has peanut butter, and one is topped with chocolate and nuts.
I used a mix of golden and dark raisins because that’s what I had on hand. I added the raisins straight from the box, but you can plump the raisins in hot water or juice for about 8 minutes for a better raisin flavor. After they’ve soaked, drain them well and pat dry with paper towels, then fold them into the batter.
In addition to different kinds of raisins, there are also different oats from which to choose at the grocery store. You’ll see regular oats, old-fashioned rolled oats, quick-cooking oats, instant oats and steel-cut oats.
Unless a recipe specifies a particular oat, quick cooking or old-fashioned rolled oats are usually interchangeable.
Old-fashioned oats are larger flakes, and they produce a chewier texture. Quick-cooking oats are the same as the old-fashioned oats, but they are coarsely chopped and produce a cookie with finer texture. Do not substitute instant oatmeal or steel-cut oats, unless specified in a recipe.
I tested all of these recipes with quick-cooking oats and they came out just fine, but I also like the chewy texture old-fashioned oats produce.
These recipes are baked in batches, so it helps if you have more than one cookie sheet. If you put the raw dough on a hot cookie sheet, you will end up with flat cookies.