Good Cookies (Oatmeal Cookies with Honey)

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Good Cookies (Oatmeal Cookies with Honey)

Author Notes: This recipe comes from my late mother-in-law. The name of the recipe doesn't come from hubris -- but from the way kids described them (as in, "Can you make me the good cookies?"). The cookies seem modest and unassuming, but the oats and honey combo is what makes them special -- in terms of texture and taste.
Given the number of oatmeal cookie recipes entered in the current contest, and the version from Jenny in Jenny's in the Kitchen, it's beginning to feel a bit like an oatmeal cookie throwdown. But, hey, the more the merrier -- since we could all use a good oatmeal cookie (of whatever type) -- or two -- or six....
I hope you'll enjoy these.
Please note the note at the bottom of the recipe. I've listed all the ingredients per my mother-in-law's version, and the variation I generally use in the note. My husband is anti-nut and chocolate-obsessive, and the variation accomodates anti-nut, chocolate-obsessiveness.


Makes 3-4 dozen

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups quick-cooking (not instant) oatmeal
  • 1 package (12 oz.) chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Combine butter, sugars, vanilla, and honey. Beat well to cream. Beat eggs in one at a time. Stir in flour, salt, and baking soda. Stir in oatmeal. Mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  2. Drop by scant teaspoons on greased cookie sheets (or sheets lined with silpats). Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.
  3. Note: For the anti-nut, chocolate-obsessive version: eliminate the nuts; add equivalent in chocolate (though I have been known to double the amount of chocolate, that variation on the variation might be only for the truly chocolate-obsessed). As for the chocolate itself, you can use chocolate du choix --semisweet chips or chunks, any chocolate you like (chopped or cut in chunks), or any combination that suits you.

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