Oatmeal Brown Sugar Crisps

By • February 16, 2012 2 Comments

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Author Notes: There was a tiny shop called The Women’s Exchange near my elementary school, where church-y ladies sold handcrafted doodads. We often stopped in for their homemade cookies - the most delicious was simply called “Cereal Cookies.” Years later I tried to replicate them, never quite getting it. I finally came across a recipe that ‘read’ similarly and after several adjustments, produced a pretty good facsimile of my childhood favorite, or more importantly, my memory of it.

Delicate, crunchy, buttery and caramel-y, they're more like a confection than a traditional thick & chewy oatmeal cookie. They're my son's favorite too, so around the holidays I usually make a few batches on demand.

Makes about 30 cookies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp.
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (slightly heaping)
  • 5 tablespoons flour (1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned (not instant) oatmeal
  • Optional: 1/3-1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts or chopped semi-sweet chocolate (or mini-chips); or 3-4 Tablespoons dried currants; or any combo thereof.*
  1. Beat butter and sugar together. Next, beat in vanilla, salt and flour. Mix in oats until evenly incorporated, then any optional ingredients you're using.
  2. Refrigerate dough (covered) for at least an hour - I’ve often left it overnight. Take out of fridge a little while before next step, to make it a bit easier to handle.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll balls from scant tablespoons of dough. Space them about 3” apart on a parchment lined pan. Flatten each ball to about ¼” thick – I use the bottom of a small glass.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, turning pan midway, until cookies' edges are brown and centers are slightly bubbly. Remove pan from oven - If any have spread together, separate with a knife or spatula edge while still very soft.
  5. Let sit 2-3 minutes to firm up a bit before removing with a spatula to a cooling rack. Cool before eating. Stores well in an airtight container.
  6. * Personally, I like these best 'as are,' but if you’re inclined to dress them up, any of the optional additions work well too, just don’t overdo the fixing/cookie ratio.*

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