Baking used to scare me, since I’m notoriously bad at following recipes. But after living back home in Sweden for a while – I embraced the domestic goddess in me and started baking. I started with scones, then moved on to crumble pies, then cookies, then bread… You know what I learned? It’s not that hard at all. One might say it’s easy (I’m not talking about French pastry chef stuff). To whip up some Maple Oatmeal Cookies – you basically have to be able to measure things, pour ingredients in to a bowl, mix it with a spoon. Pretty darn easy!
So if you find yourself craving something sweet and chewy tonight – but don’t want to drive to the store to buy cookies with about 100 unknown ingredients (all of them ending in “phate” something – yuck!) – you could possibly bake your own delicious (and did I mention EASY) cookies. So let’s bake.
Maple Oatmeal Cookies – in 30 Minutes
What you need: (Makes 20-ish Cookies)
- 8 tbsp. (1 stick or 1/2 cup) of room temperature Butter (I pop it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds)
- 1 cup of Flour
- 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon (optional)
- 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
- 1/4 tsp. of Salt (brings out the flavor – doesn’t make it taste salty)
- 3/4 cup of Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 tbsp. of Maple Syrup
- 1 1/4 cup Oats (not quick oats)
- 1/2 cup of chopped Dark Chocolate or Chocolate Chips or Raisins (totally optional)
What to do:
- Heat oven to 350 F
- In a medium bowl mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
- In a large bowl stir/mix the butter and sugar together until “fluffy” and airy (I just use my trusty wooden spoon for this, but of course you could use a hand mixer).
- Add the egg and maple syrup to the butter and sugar – stir until it’s all incorporated (i.e. when you don’t see big pieces of egg yolk)
- Add flour mixture – mix until all ingredients are combined
- Last but not least stir in the oats and chocolate (if using)
- Use a tablespoon (or whatever you like) to drop tablespoon size balls of cookie dough – about 2 inches apart – on greased or parchment lined cookie sheets (about 10-12 cookies per sheet).
- Bake for about 12-15 minutes (my oven runs hot, so 12 minutes was enough in my kitchen.
I told you it wasn’t that hard!! And now that you have slaved away in the kitchen for at least 20-30 minutes – it is time to maybe watch some Downton Abbey and enjoy these Maple Oatmeal Cookies with some tea or perhaps even milk.
I hope you enjoyed these! This is a modified recipe of Jessica Seinfeld’s Oatmeal, Maple & Raisin Cookies – from her WONDERFUL cook book “The Can’t Cook Book”