Making traditional homemade oat cookies is quick and easy. Even for a novice, it only takes about 30 minutes to make a great after-dinner treat for you or your family. The ingredients are also very simple. If you cook regularly, you may already have flour, butter, sugar and baking soda. If you do not already have some of the ingredients at home, you can take a quick trip to the grocery store without breaking the bank.
Preheat your oven to 176 degrees C. Be sure to use a non-stick baking tray, or a slightly greased sheet if a non-stick one is not available.
In a 2 qt. mixing bowl, add the 227gr. butter and 1 cup sugar. Blend together with a wooden spoon until creamy. You may choose to use an electric mixer, but make sure the blender setting is on low and only blend until the mixture becomes creamy.
Slowly sift in the flour and baking powder and try to keep the mixture as creamy as possible. Make sure to sift the flour into the bowl a little at a time. It can make the mixture hard to blend if the flour is added too quickly.
Slowly add the oats, blending them in with your hands as evenly as possible. Using your hands is the best method as the thick mixture can make using a wooden spoon difficult. This can be a fun job for kids with clean hands.
Make 1-inch balls from the batter with your hands and place them on a non-stick baking tray. Roll each ball between your hands to make them as circular as possible. Try to make the cookie balls uniform to produce cookies of the same size and shape.
Bake the cookies for 14 to 16 minutes until slightly browned, then remove from oven. Don't overcook the cookies or they will be hard and brittle instead of soft and moist.
You can give your own personal touch to simple oat cookies by adding your favourite ingredients such as chocolate, nuts or even coconut. A touch of almond or vanilla extract can also add a little extra flavour. Remember that baking times can vary, so watch the cookies while baking to ensure they are browned to perfection.
Remember to always take caution when removing hot baking trays from the oven.