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Best oatmeal cookies ever. Actually, best cookies ever, period. These are the cookies of my childhood. Just about anything can be added to them: nuts, dried fruits, chocolate chips, combinations thereof, etc.

3/4 cup margarine or shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups oats
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Mix the sugars and shortening until creamy. Stir in egg, water, and vanilla. Stir dry ingredients together separately and then mix all ingredients. Add chocolate chips, fruit, nuts, coconut flakes, etc...whatever floats your boat. Mix thoroughly and form balls with your hands or a spoon. The cookies don't spread much, so the size you make is about the size you're gonna get.

Bake on a greased sheet @ 350 F, for 12-15 minutes.


Oh, I bet I could make this with my gluten-free baking mix in place of the flour! I have coconut and a variety of nuts, seeds, and baking chips on hand. . . . Thanks for the inspiration!
They are SO excellent. And the consistency is such that you can turn them into hearty bars, you can make tiny dainty rounds, or giant dessert cookies. And you can put ANYTHING in them, literally. They are sweet but not cakey, so even slightly savory add-ins work. :)
Well, with my GF flour these came out really crumbly, but still tasty. Next time I guess I will add extra egg to compensate for the lack of gluten. . . Or maybe Xanthan gum is what I need. Will see what works. I used chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, coconut, and sunflower seeds. That seems to be a good combination.
Yeah, they are somewhat touchy about liquid bonding and not overloading with add-ins. I imagine another egg would do the trick, though. I also substitute maple syrup for vanilla extract sometimes, which might up the sticky factor.
This is SO close to my recipe with just a few changes but I also started grinding up the oatmeal in my food processor so the cookie would be smoother.

My favorite additions are dark chocolate chips and pecans. Mmmmm, now I'm wanting some. But it's just too bloody hot to bake right now.
Reading the recipe over, it's pretty much same as what my grandma and mother make. When i was a kid, I could devour a whole pan of these straight from oven, burns or no burns... :D

But it's way too hot to try and bake right now, and it's midnight!