Try a New Recipe: Oatmeal Scotchies

These cookies are one of my favorites; crispy, chewy and wholesome-tasting. My grandma always used to make them for me, and still occasionally makes them when I see her. She lives far away, otherwise I’m sure she would bake me cookies whenever I asked. (And since I moved away, sometimes I’ve been pleasantly surprised by a box of cookies in the mail). I love my grandma! I finally got the recipe from her again a couple years ago, to include in our family cookbook.

Guess what? My grandma is here! And she brought me some of these cookies, so I have to share them with you before I eat them all…

Oatmeal Scotchies
Makes about 48 3-inch cookies or 30 4 1/2-inch cookies.

2 cups unsifted flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon water
1 ½ cups quick oats, uncooked
One 12-ounce package (2 cups) butterscotch chips
½ teaspoon orange extract or vanilla

Preheat oven to 375°. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, eggs and water; beat until creamy. Gradually add flour mixture. Stir in oats, chips and extract. Drop by slightly rounded tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets.

Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit on pan for a minute or two before removing to racks to cool.


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2-3 large Granny Smith apples (4 Cups chopped)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup apple juice
2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 small box cheesecake flavored instant pudding
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine all CRISP ingredients and mix well. Pour into an un-greased stoneware pan.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the topping ingredients and mix until crumbly.
  • Sprinkle topping over apple mixture.
  • Bake 45-60 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is crisp and golden.
  • Serve warm with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream.
Candy Cane Cookies – Monday Munchies


  • 1 cup margarine, butter, Crisco or butter Crisco
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring (optional – green)


  1. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine (or whatever), white sugar and powdered sugar. Beat in the egg and *vanilla extract. Combine the flour and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Cover or wrap dough and chill for at least one hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets (or use parchment paper). Divide dough into halves. Color one half red by mixing in the food color (green for some too if you want). Roll a small amount of each dough about 3 inches long. Twist colors together like a rope and curve the end like a cane. Place onto prepared cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven.

*If you like peppermint you can add peppermint extract, about a teaspoon in place of the vanilla.

Chocolate Chip Cookies: What Did You Bake Today?
It was about a decade ago that I made, what was for me, an important discovery: More brown sugar than white sugar makes for a better tasting chocolate chip cookie. Maybe many of you already know that. Now, in this recipe, I have been experimenting with texture for many years. The original recipe called for only 2 1/2 cups of flour and the resulting cookies, while delicious, were floppy at best. For this post, I increased the amount significantly to 4 cups. The cookies turned out more cakey than I’d prefer, but my children absolutely loved them. Seeing, they are the people for whom I bake, I may stop fiddling…maybe.


2 sticks butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips
  • Cream the butter and sugars.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla.
  • Combine the dry ingredients and add.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips. Bake 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  • Makes about 4 dozen.
What Did You Bake Today?