Versatile Oatmeal Cookies

I use this recipe for plain oatmeal cookies or combine the dough with raisins, craisins or dates. I have also been known to take a shallow glass baking pan and make cereal bars with it. It comes out soft and tasty!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups quick oats

Directions:

  1. Cream together butter and sugar.
  2. Beat in eggs one at a time and add vanilla.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and stir together.
  4. Add in quick oats and mix thoroughly.
  5. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 after chilling and grease a cookie sheet.
  7. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 8 — 10 minutes.
  9. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Allow to continue to cool or eat.
**Note**
To make cereal bar, spread 1/4 inch of dough in bottom of greased glass baking pan. Spread fruit preserve of choice. Cover with another 1/4 inch layer of dough. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing to individual bars.
To add fruit, use 1 cup of fruit.

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