Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

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Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

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Published prior to 2008

Dried fruit and nuts lend flavor to a slightly chewy, slightly crunchy version of these traditional cookies.

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, light or dark
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 1/2 cups dried apple nuggets or chopped dried apples
3/4 cup chopped nuts—walnuts or pecans

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter or margarine and the sugars. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat till smooth. Stir in the remaining ingredients, mixing till everything is well-combined.

Drop the dough by heaping tablespoonfuls (a cookie scoop works well here) onto lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheets, leaving about 1 1/2 inches between each ball of dough.

Bake the cookies in a preheated 350°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they're golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a wire rack. Store them airtight; if you want to keep them very soft and chewy, store them with our brown sugar/cookie softener. Yield: three dozen 2 1/2-inch cookies.


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  • star rating 11/01/2014
  • member-Cheddycurtis from KAF Community
  • These cookies are easy to make and the taste is just perfect. I did not have any dried apples on hand so I added a cup of mixed dried fruits instead and it turned out great. I also used whole wheat flour which I was a little afraid would affect the chewiness but again they turned out fine. Great recipe!
  • star rating 10/12/2014
  • Wanda from Mobile, AL
  • Omitted the apples and increased the dried cranberries to about 1 C. Also, decreased the amount of cinnamon by about 1/4. The cookies were chewy and moist - the group to whom I served them literally raved. Will definitely make them again.
  • star rating 07/03/2014
  • AshlyLynn from Bethel, Pa
  • Amazing!!! I made these today and substituted the butter with oil (to be healthy) they turned out amazing, fluffy, chewy, soft, tons of flavor. I used cranberries, pecans, raisins, and mini semi sweet chocolate chips. They are the perfect cookie. Will make again.
  • star rating 10/29/2013
  • Drea from Boston, MA
  • Just finished making these and replaced apples with apricots because my grocery was out: delicious! Perfectly chewy and golden brown. A must have for my house pantry!
  • star rating 08/17/2013
  • Erin from
  • I adjusted the recipe a little- I replaced 1/4c Granulated sugar with a ripe banana and used 3/4 c chocolate chips; 3/4c pecans, and baked in a 13x9 glass pan for about 25 minutes. I made adjustments because I did not have apples or dried cranberries- but they turned out amazing! KAF provides very adaptable recipes and this one is no different. A classic and steadfast recipe...
  • star rating 03/28/2013
  • Meg from NH
  • Just wondering if I missed something in the recipe, but I don't see any mention of yogurt?
    That is correct, there is no yogurt in this recipe. ~Amy
  • star rating 03/23/2013
  • bcfogarty from KAF Community
  • I added dried fruit mix instead of raisins and Stoneyfield vanilla yogurt instead of plain yogurt. They came out soft, chewy and fruity - delicious!
  • star rating 12/05/2012
  • Kris from Cypress, Ca
  • I have tried lots of oatmeal cookie recipes. This is by far the best. Quick and easy to prepare. Soft and chewy, they're delicious!!!
  • star rating 10/21/2012
  • Hollie g. from Fresno, ca
  • Love it! Didn't use apples though and they turned out great. Used chocolate chips, dried cranberries and raisins... BIG HIT. Only bake for 8minutes @350 for chewy! Good refrigerated too!
  • star rating 07/29/2012
  • nmitchell55 from KAF Community
  • Made these today. Very good. I used chopped dates and some butterscotch chips. Also added 2T of corn syrup to make them chewier. I'm wondering if the self-rising flour would work here also?
    It may work. Give it a try. Frank @ KAF.
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