Everybody needs a few stand by cookie recipes that are easy to make and delight the lucky recipients when you package them up and send them off. These are cookies that even ship well, making them a great choice to send off to a loved one in some distant land, whether in the armed services or elsewhere. You don’t have to wait for holidays with these cookies either, so they are perfect for a “just because” gift or an after school snack.
The “original” was a Quaker Oats recipe, but it has been jazzed up with some additions to make the appeal even stronger.
Ultimate Oatmeal Cookies
- 1/2 c. (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/4 c. granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
- 3 c. oatmeal (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
- 1 1/2 c. raisins
- 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 c. coarsely chopped banana chips
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, raisins, chocolate chips, and banana chips, and then 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 and then remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.
To ship these cookies: choose a sturdy box for the exterior box, and then a smaller one for inside. Cushion around interior box with “scrunched” paper, styrofoam peanuts, air pillows, or even popped popcorn! (Air poppers work GREAT for popping corn for packing material, and it is all biodegradable then too!) Inside the box, layer cookies on waxed paper, filling box entirely to prevent cookies from shifting around. Remember, this box is apt to be tossed, tumbled, etc. so imagine kicking it across the kitchen and wanting those cookies to stay in place! Use scrunched wax paper or tissue paper as needed to ensure a snug pack in the box.
Cookies purchased at the recipient’s location will always be less expensive than shipping them cookies you made yourself, but there is something about a package of cookies from home that has a special touch (some claim its love!) that cannot be duplicated by anyone anywhere. Remember, when shipping cookies to loved ones…especially those in the armed services…they will want to share, so it’s definitely okay to send extras!
For giving cookies and hand delivering them: This is a much simpler delivery method, and the diligent attention to packing them isn’t necessary, as they aren’t going to be in a box on a mail truck anywhere. Be creative! The container can be anything from a cookie jar, a disposable platter, a holiday platter, or even a pretty basket. Coffee containers or small boxes covered in wrapping paper and lined with tissue paper can also make attractive gift packaging for your cookies. The simplest choice? A zip-closure bag with a dozen cookies dropped into a small, tissue paper lined gift bag! For that “extra” touch, drop in a couple of single-serving packages of tea, coffee, or hot cocoa to accompany it.