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Posted on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 3:45 p.m.

Apple oatmeal cookies - an easy route to happiness

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

'Tis the season to bake cookies!

While I admire the patience and skill of those who make beautiful decorative cookies, I will never be one of them. I'll make cut-out cookies and use molds, but nothing fancier or more complicated than that. My favorites are simple, old-fashioned types — bar cookies, drop cookies... easy cookies.

And these Apple Oatmeal Cookies are ridiculously easy, which is a huge boon at this busy time. They're not glamorous, but they're really good. A cup of cocoa, a couple of cookies, and happiness can be yours.

I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog, Food Floozie: go check it out, and maybe you could win a $25 gift card from Whole Foods Market!

Apple Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup shortening
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 packets instant Apple Cinnamon oatmeal
1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, cream together shortening and brown sugar. Stir in egg, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix in oatmeal and flour.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls; place at least 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Lightly smush the cookies, and then bake for 10 minutes until golden and just set. Remove to a rack and let cool completely, and then repeat with remaining dough.

Makes 36 cookies.

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Mary Bilyeu writes for on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, telling about her adventures in the kitchen - making dinner, celebrating holidays, entering cooking contests, meeting new friends ... whatever strikes her fancy. She is also on a mission to find great deals for her Frugal Floozie Friday posts, seeking fabulous food at restaurants on the limited budget of only $5 per person. Feel free to email her with questions, comments, or suggestions:

Go visit Mary's blog — Food Floozie — where she enthuses and effuses over all things food-related; and look for her monthly articles in the Washtenaw Jewish News. "Like" her on Facebook, or send a tweet on Twitter, too.

The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured in this post) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15 and is a wish for all her readers - when you come to visit here, may you always be happy.



Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 11:52 a.m.

Add some nuts and it would be golden.