To ensure your cookies come out just right, follow a couple of basic rules: Space them at least 1 inch apart during baking, rotate the sheet pan half way through, and let the cookies cool on the sheet for 1 to 2 minutes before transferring to wire cooling racks.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).



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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter or line 2 rimmed baking sheets.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugars, egg, vanilla, and water. Add the flour mixture and stir to combine. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.

  • Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the baking sheets, spacing the dough 1 inch apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly golden in color. Remove to cooling racks.

Reviews (8)

324 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 84
  • 4 star values: 113
  • 3 star values: 84
  • 2 star values: 35
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
These are very tasty cookies. 10 minutes was enough baking time (perhaps I made them a tad smaller; I made 30 cookies). I like that this is a small recipe. I will make again!
Rating: 5 stars
My husband -the cookie connisoure- gave them a 10! After his first few changed it to a 12! I added raisins but made them to Martha's recipe. Excellent. thank you Martha for still having your recipes out there. I miss your show. Oatmeal in it in Wisconsin.
Rating: Unrated
Great cookies !!! I followed all of Lucinda's instructions, didn't have to modify a thing, and they were great !!!! The boyfriend loved them, my son (who doesn't like oatmeal much) raved about them too :-) !!!! Thanks Lucinda, every time I follow your recipes, things come out great -keep it up love it !!!!!! There's nothing better than making something for those you love, and they loving you right back by eating it all !!!!! ;-)
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This is a weekly staple in my house. So quick to get the dough together and because it only makes a couple of dozen cookies - it is fast to bake up. These cookies have a great texture - if something can be called crispy chewy. Since I love to bake- these just last a day or so - and then I can bake something new.
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I had to leave before the comments about freezing or having cookies ready ahead of time. The video sound quality was not audible. I would love to have the tips given after the recipe.
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This is my mom's recipe for chocolate chip cookies cut in half. If you double this recipe, some of the more unusual amounts become more standard (6TB's both sugars become 3/4 cup, etc.). It dates back over 50 years. She only had one cookbook back then: Joy of Cooking, from the late 30's or 1940"s, but I suspect she got it off the Nestle's chips bag, the Quaker Oats carton, or a magazine. We lived in St Louis and never had contact with Laura Evans. She sent me these at college and Vietnam often.
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Great recipe! Are you sure you drop by teaspoonfuls and not tablespoonfuls? Teaspoons were too small and tablespoons made exactly 24 cookies. YUMM!!
Rating: 5 stars
This is my go to recipe for oatmeal cookies. They are so easy and so delicious! What more can you ask for?!