Every year in our house these are the Christmas cookies that get ate the fastest, and they are probably the simplest to make. I make a double batch including rasins (gross!) and a double batch without rasins (yum!). We give a few out to family members, but the majority of these yummy cookies gets munched up way before Christmas actually gets here.
I promise, if you make them, you won't be disappointed!
1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour (if you're in a higher elevation like I am way up here in PA, use heaping cups)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
(If you like nasty dried up rasins like my husband) 1 cup raisins
Heat oven to 350°F.
In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins if you're using them; mix well.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.