In this house, I have a guy with a major sweet tooth. Nine times out of ten, there is a batch of cookies baked each week. One of our favorite recipes is a wonderful oatmeal cookie that my mother passed to me years ago. It's the first cookie recipe that I made when I was about ten years old and was first allowed to fool around in the kitchen. It's the first recipe that I made a major mistake on... I put only the oats in the batter and forgot the flour. You can just imagine my surprise when I opened the oven door and saw a sheet of batter oozing off the edges of the rimless cookie sheets that my mother used. What a lesson for a fledgling baker to learn! Pay attention and follow the recipe, Susan! It sure was a bugger cleaning the oven out that afternoon, way back in the day! Ah, food memories!
I'm positive that you will find these cookies the ultimate! The recipe is so adaptable. I have substituted the apple, raisins, and walnuts with butterscotch chips and pecans to make Oatmeal Scotchies. I've also done the basic batter with chocolate chips and dried cherries to make Black Forest Oatmeal Cookies I just know you will come up with your own adaptations! Just a few tips ... use the Crisco. Don't try going the butter or margarine route. Use old-fashioned oats, no quick oats or chopped oats here! I've tried and they are NOT the same. And finally, don't forget the flour!
½ tsp. salt
¾ c. chopped walnuts