Not your average cookie.

7 May

Despite my aversion to baking, I do love to eat cookies – which means I need to bake ’em once in awhile. I love it when I can find a simple recipe – and yet the results are surprisingly stellar! I found this recipe for out-of-the ordinary oatmeal cookies in Cookery for Entertaining (1979) by Marlene Sorosky. It requires merely five ingredients – more than likely ingredients you readily have on hand! Warning – they are addictive. Good news is they freeze well. They definitely live up to their name – delicate, buttery, lacy cookies with a sweet crunch! I bought this cookbook originally for the food styling tips – e.g. the watermelon “whale” on its cover. It’s still available on used book sites.

Lacy Oatmeal Cookies

2 cups rolled oats, quick or regular

1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 pound (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted

1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease baking sheets (I skip this step and use parchment paper); set aside. Place oats, brown sugar and baking powder in a medium bowl. Add butter or margarine to oat mixture. Stir in beaten egg; mix well. Drop batter by half-teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets 3 inches apart. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Let stand 1 minute before removing from baking sheet. They will become crisp as they cool. May be frozen.

Makes about 40 cookies.

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