For quite a few months, I experimented with oatmeal cookies at Tom’s request. Oatmeal raisin cookies are Tom’s favorite. I tried a bunch of different recipes, including improvising some of my own but I never felt like I got it right. When I saw this recipe from The Artist’s Palate, one of Norman Rockwell’s favorites, I just had to try it.
And it’s the winner! Out of all of the oatmeal cookie recipes I tried, this will be my master oatmeal cookie recipe! It only has one rising agent, and it has a good ratio of oatmeal to flour.
On a historical note, Norman Rockwell loved desserts in general and sprinkled these cookies on ice cream.
Something I never would have thought to do but a delicious idea!
1) 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
2) 1 teaspoon salt
3) 1 teaspoon baking soda
4) 10 tablespoons butter
5) 1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
6) 1/2 cup granulated sugar
7) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8) 2 large eggs at room temperature
9) 1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
10) 1 cup raisins (optional – the recipe doesn’t call for them but oatmeal raisin are Tom’s favorite so I put them in the mix)
Preparation and Baking
1) Turn the oven on 375 degrees.
2) Cream the butter and sugars together.
3) Add the eggs one at a time, mix well.
4) Add the vanilla extract, mix well.
5) Add the salt, mix well.
6) Add the baking soda, mix well.
7) Add the flour, mix well.
8) Add the oatmeal, mix well.
9) Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
10) Drop cookie dough in spoonfuls onto the baking sheet.
11) Bake for 8-10 minutes.
And here is my Norman Rockwell homage:
Thanks to Tom for being such a sport!