My Favourite Oatmeal Cookies

Crispy Oatmeal Cookies that taste like Hobnobs by

I dread the old-lady grey days of winter. With no horizon to steady my gaze, the relentless expanse of white makes me anxious. I drift in time as unpredictable storms ignore the calendar and scoff at the groundhog. As the colourless land and sky merge into a seamless stretch of frost, I feel trapped in Kasimir Malevich’s White on White. Free admission for all foolish enough to wander into the pale abyss.

But I’m learning. Winter is what winter is. Muck in or be miserable.

I’ve decided to embrace winter. Not with skis or a toboggan. But with my imagination. Now, when I scan the chalky world around me, I see myself as an astronaut floating in space — only I’m weaving about a universe where the colours are reversed. Instead of an ebony expanse splattered with white stars, my light-filled galaxy is flecked with black — be it felled tree limbs poking through snow banks or lumps of sooty ice flung from passing cars.

Falling icicles replace hurtling asteroids. Feline comets with magnificent tails streak past on their usual orbit. And the Milky Way swirls in my coffee cup.

Should I encounter an alien, I won’t need words to show them I mean no harm. Today’s lucky space travellers will be offered cookies. Crispy, crunchy, buttery, Hobnob-esque oatmeal cookies.

Greetings! I come in peace. Have a cookie. Or two. Resistance is futile.

Oatmeal Cookies from space. Not really. By The Messy Baker.

Classic Crispy Oatmeal Cookies
Recipe type: Baking
Cuisine: North American
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Serves: Makes 3 dozen cookies
These oatmeal cookies are rich and old-fashioned. Their butterscotch undertone and crisp texture resemble a classic Hobnob.
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 cups quick cook or rolled oats
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
  2. By hand or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter and brown sugar until light. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until well combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. With the mixer set to low, or by hand, stir the flour into the butter mixture. Mix until smooth. Stir in the oats.
  4. Using a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop, drop cookies in rounds on the lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. The cookies will flatten and spread so give them room. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until the cookies are light brown. Let cool for a couple of minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.


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8 Responses to My Favourite Oatmeal Cookies

  1. maggie February 20, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    Do you think that flavour would improve if the dough was made the night before baking? I might give a try.

    • Charmian Christie February 20, 2014 at 11:07 am #

      Resting the dough works for chocolate chip cookies. I’ve never tried it with oatmeal. You can always bake half the dough, rest the other half and see if it makes a difference. My main concern would be the oatmeal might get too soft and become crisp when baked. There’s only one way to find out…

  2. dina February 20, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    they look yummy!
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    • Charmian Christie February 20, 2014 at 11:08 am #

      Thanks! The only trouble with cookies is I want to eat them all.

  3. Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) February 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    Those would be some very lucky aliens! Oatmeal cookies are often requested in my household. They’re one of the few cookie types I have to make a double batch of, because every cup of tea I consume MUST be accompanied by a minimum of two cookies. 😉
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  4. Charmian Christie February 23, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    I like your rule. The two cookie minimum sounds like something I could get behind!

  5. Kexin September 27, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    Thank you so much for this recipe; my whole family loves crispy cookies and this was PERFECT.

    • Charmian Christie September 28, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

      Glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know!

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