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When my husband and I were dating, there was one recipe I refused to bake for him. It was my best one- the kind that you save to REALLY impress someone, like new neighbors or your in-laws. I waited until I was SURE he was the one because I knew the second he took a bite, he would be hooked (I’m kidding…sort of.) Now that we’re married (see, it worked!) this is the one recipe he requests time after time. These cookies have a soft, oatmeal and brown sugary center and an outside that’s just crunchy enough. Whoever you make these oatmeal cookies for, make sure you really like having them around😉
This recipe was shared with me by a close family friend whom I grew up calling “Aunt”. Surely you know the kind of family friend I’m talking about- she sent birthday gifts each year and made the best chocolate fudge in all the land. She wasn’t really family by blood and you couldn’t really explain the dynamic, so “aunt” was just easiest. My Aunt Gwen made me these oatmeal cookies and I’ve never had any other oatmeal cookie ever since.
Taking a bite is like getting a warm, sugary hug or being curled up in your favorite quilt.
Preheat oven to 350° and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. P.S., if the bottom of your cookies always burn, these AirBake Cookie Sheets are da bomb.
Mix together sugars, salt, baking soda, oil, eggs, and vanilla. A Kitchen-Aid mixer makes this recipe a BREEZE, but a hand mixer will work too! We have this Kitchen-Aid mixer and absolutely love it.
Add in oatmeal, mix until fully incorporated. Next, add in flour gradually. Lastly, add in pecans (or walnuts). I use one of my favorite kitchen gadgets, my food processor, to chop up the nuts in literally five seconds. If you don’t have a food processor, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND having one. They’re a lifesaver. I would take it with me if I was going to be stuck on an island. You can read about why I love mine and see what other kitchen gadgets you have to have here –> 12 Must Have Kitchen Gadgets for Newlyweds
Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Be sure to leave about an inch and a half between them, because they like their elbow room. I put sixteen on a cookie sheet and that’s about perfect. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
SUPER IMPORTANT NOTE: When you pull the cookies out of the oven, they won’t look like they’re done. If they’re starting to brown, you’ve gone too far. They will be too hard and you will be sad. If you think they’re almost there, put them back in for 2 minute intervals until they have defined crevices on top like these do.
Best Ever Oatmeal Cookies
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup canola oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups chopped pecans walnuts work, too
Preheat oven to 350° and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Mix together sugars, salt, baking soda, eggs, oil, and vanilla.
Add in oatmeal. Then, gradually add flour.
Mix in chopped nuts and any other add-ins you’d like.
Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes.
- If you didn’t read this above: When you pull the cookies out of the oven, they won’t look like they’re done. If they’re starting to brown, you’ve gone too far. They will be too hard and you will be sad. If you think they’re almost there, put them back in for 2 minute intervals until they have defined crevices on top like these do.
- Other add-ins include dried cranberries, raisins, coconut, chocolate chips, anything you like!
- For a smaller batch, make half.
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