I haven’t quite tasted a cookie like this one! So good!

January 28, 2024



Servings: Makes about 24 cookies
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
– 1 large egg
– Zest of 1 lemon
– 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper to ensure those cookies come off as easy as pie.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt — these dry ingredients are the foundation, the good earth upon which your cookies will grow.
3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy, like a soft cloud at dawn. Add in the egg and blend it to perfection.
4. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract, and watch as the citrus aroma unfolds, like a breeze through the kitchen window.
5. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients you set aside earlier until just combined, taking care not to overwork the dough.
6. Gently fold in the rolled oats. The dough will be a bit sticky but as hearty and wholesome as a handshake.
7. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto your prepared baking sheets, leaving some room for the cookies to spread their wings as they bake.
8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown but the centers remain soft. When they’re done, let them rest on the baking sheet for a minute, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Patience, my dear, is key.
Variations & Tips:
– For a nuttier twist, fold in 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans alongside the oats.
– If you’re fond of raisins or dried cranberries, a handful tossed into the dough will complete the ensemble beautifully.
– Store these darlings in an airtight container to keep them as fresh as the morning dew for 3-4 days, if they last that long!
– As with all treasured recipes, don’t be afraid to add your own touch; a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg can bring a warmth reflective of the changing seasons.

Every bite of these cookies is like a little piece of history, of the gentle art of Midwestern hospitality, so take a moment to enjoy them, to steep in the memories and create new ones.

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