What to do with those flavored instant oatmeal packets in the pantry? This was the question I had when Hegazelle decided he was done with oatmeal for a while. Sometimes it happens when we buy the variety packs and there is one certain flavor he doesn't eat. The answer, we decided, was to make cookies. Here's a recipe we found online which turned out some dandy cookies for us:
- 1/4 c white sugar
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 c butter, softened
- 1 tbsp milk (we used 2 tbsp. for chewier cookies)
- 1 egg
- 6 packets flavored instant oatmeal
- 1 c flour
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients except flour and oatmeal packets. Stir in flour and oatmeal packets. (The mixture will be sticky due to the milk. If you prefer crisp cookies to chewy ones, eliminate the milk. If you like your cookies chewy and cakey, add an extra tablespoon of milk.)
Roll dough into 1 1/2" balls and drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet, about 2" apart. Smash the balls down to a thickness of about half an inch.
Bake until light brown, about ten minutes. Allow to cool on cookie sheet briefly, then remove to a rack to finish cooling.
Makes about 2 dozen cookies
We added our own twist to the cookies by adding Craisins (dried cranberries) and a few chocolate chips. The result: super yummy, super chewy Instant Oatmeal Chocolate Craisin Cookies!!