Have a bunch of dry oatmeal that the kids aren't eating? Need to whip up a batch of cookies and not sure what to make. Here's a sure fire cookie recipe that will have your family eating more oatmeal than you could imagine and asking for more! This is a very versatile oatmeal cookie recipe as you can switch out the optional ingredients for a basic oatmeal cookie to the kicked up version with nuts, shredded coconut, chocolate or butterscotch. There's also one more ingredient although it's a secret that is only in the ingredients below.
Oatmeal Kicker Cookies
- 1.5 cups of packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup softened unsalted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg or egg substitute
- 2 cups oats (uncooked quick cooking oats)
- 1.5 cups unbleached flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (see variations below)
- ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
- ½ cup shredded coconut (optional)
- Secret ingredient: 1 – 2 tsps of dry instant coffee
1. Heat oven to 350*F.
2. In a large bowl (mixer bowl), beat brown sugar, butter, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended, or mix with spoon.
3. In another large bowl - place oats, flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and optional - shredded coconut, nuts.
4. On ungreased cookie sheet pans, roll tablespoon size round balls of dough on pan about 2" apart.
5. Bake 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly (dough will be soft when you first take it out of the oven, allowing it to cool makes it easier to scrape the cookie off the pan with a spatula); remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks.
Makes approximately 3 to 3.5 dozen cookies.
Variations to exchange the chocolate chips, pecans and coconut (2 cups)
- (Coconut/butterscotch) 1 cup shredded coconut and 1 cup butterscotch chips
- (Oatmeal Raisin) 2 cups raisins and 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup dried cranberries or cherries and 1 cups white chocolate chips
Use Unsweetened shredded coconut and semi-sweet chocolate chips to reduce the sweetness of cookie.
Don't use Shortening for butter - makes cookies too oily/flatten out. If only making oatmeal & choco chips - add more oats for drier cookie.
**Double the recipe & make half oatmeal-chocolate chip & half w/nuts & coconut.