Here are two absolutely foundational cookie recipes that I share as one who brought up two children in the belief that good cookies are what every child deserves when growing up:
Basic Oatmeal Cookies
Cream together: 1 c margarine (or butter), I c (or less) white sugar, 1 c (or less) brown sugar.
Beat in: 2 eggs, 2 t vanilla.
Add and mix well: 1 t vanilla, 1 t bkg powder, 1 t baking soda, ¼ t salt, 2 c flour, 2c oatmeal.
You can also add: 1 c choc or butterscotch chips OR raisins OR gum drops OR Smarties OR chopped dried apricots OR dried cranberries OR chopped nuts.
Drop on sheet. Bake 350° F 11-12 mins.
NOTES: My most recent adaptation has dried cranberries AND chopped pecans. Served recently to critical acclaim at SLRCCC meeting, January 31! Deemed delicious, with requests for recipe. I suggest you make the recipe exactly as given above and then experiment with sugar, additions, etc., thereafter.
I use a small ice cream scoop to make substantial cookies and bake them longer. Depending on how long you bake these, they can be soft-centred and chewy or crisp. I prefer the slightly chewy version. Everything freezes fantastically, including the dough. I sometimes double the recipe BUT it exceeds the capacity of my old mixmaster so be prepared to assemble everything in a very large bowl.
Molasses Ginger Snap Cookies
Cream together: ¾ c margarine, 1 C sugar, ¼ c molasses, 1 egg.
Add and mix well: 2 C flour, 1 t baking soda, ¼ t salt, 1 t each of cinnamon, cloves, ginger
Form into balls. Roll in sugar. Place wide apart on slightly greased cookie sheets.
Bake 375° F 8-10 mins, where 8 is chewy and 10 is crisp. These have not been reviewed by the SLRCCC committee members.
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