Everything Oatmeal Cookies – An Easy to Mix and Match Recipe

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I was in the mood for cookies but not sure what kind. I didn’t have chocolate chips or raisins, or even dried cranberries for that matter so I had to work with what I did have so I give you Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chunks, Cashews and Dried Apricots. You know what? They were pretty awesome.

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Everything Oatmeal Cookies

Makes about 60 cookies

      • 2 cups all purpose flour
      • 1 1/2 tsp salt
      • 1 tsp baking soda
      • 1 tsp hawaij spice or 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp cardamom
      • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
      • 2 cups brown sugar
      • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
      • 1 cup vegetable oil
      • 2 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks
      • 2 tsp vanilla extract
      • 6 cups rolled oats
      • 3/4 cup chopped, dried apricots
      • 1 cup roughly chopped roasted cashews
      • 6 oz roughly chopped semi sweet chocolate or 3/4 cup chocolate chips

How to Make the Everything Oatmeal Cookies 

Preheat oven to 375

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone sheets 

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Whisk together the flour salt and baking soda in a medium bowl.

Whisk in brown sugar, granulated sugar and oil until combined.

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Then whisk in eggs, yolks and vanilla until smooth.

Stir the chopped apricots into the flour mixture to coat. Add the chopped chocolate and cashews. Stir to combine.

Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon stir the flour mixture into the sugar/egg mixture until combined.

Stir in the oats.

use scoop to drop dough on cookie sheets

Use a medium scoop or two spoons to drop the cookie dough about 2″ apart on the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 16 – 18 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through baking. Edges should be set and lightly browned. If you would like a crispier bottom let the cookies rest on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Repeat with rest of cookie dough.

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How Were the Everything Oatmeal Cookies?

Well, they are all gone. What does that tell you? We nommed these babies right down. I have to admit that I love oatmeal cookies and these were really tasty. They came about because I had absolutely NOTHING I really wanted to put in them! I didn’t have chocolate chips, I didn’t have dried cranberries and I didn’t have pecans. So I looked at what I did have and that’s what I tossed in – that is the beauty of a recipe like this; you too can substitute your choice of dried fruit and nuts.

For the chocolate I just used semi sweet chocolate discs that I chopped roughly. Pandemic baking – use what you have and make it work, right?

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No matter. The cookies were yummy. I will make them again. Who knows what I will have on hand when I do. I did just get in a 5lb bag of dried cranberries so …

Cookies You Can Make Your Own

The beauty of this recipe is that it’s basically a guide. You can play mix and match with the nuts, chocolate, and dried fruit. Don’t like cashews? Add pecans. I mentioned that I’ll be adding dried cranberries next time I make them. If you don’t like chocolate – don’t add it! You can make these your own and tailor them to the likes and dislikes of your family.  I just had a flash that I might even use some of the frozen cherries I put up from this past summer. Hmmmmm.

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