Salted Oatmeal Cookies

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My mom is hosting a baby shower on Sunday Salted Oatmeal Cookies (and a bridal shower tomorrow–two different women and tons of baking for us!) and these cookies are the soon-to-be mom’s favorite. She first told me about them months ago, saying she ate them all the time while living in Virginia but hasn’t seen them out here in California.

Thanks to Google, I found a recipe based on the bakery’s secret cookie. These are so good–easy to make, sweet and salty, and crispy on the outside and chewy (thanks to the brown sugar) on the inside. A near perfect cookie. Why just near perfect? Because if I were baking these for myself, you better believe I’d add chocolate chips.

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups flour
2 cups rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
Sea salt, for sprinkling

In the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter for a few minutes on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the sugars, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon, beating until the mixture is well blended. Reduce the speed to medium and add the eggs and vanilla extract, mixing until well incorporated. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour and oats, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary and mixing just until they are incorporated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill the dough for at least an hour before baking.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Form the dough into golf ball-size balls and place about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Sprinkle sea salt generously on top of each ball of dough, as you would sugar. Bake 1 sheet at a time for 15 minutes or until the cookies are puffed and beginning to turn golden, being careful not to overbake. (The cookies should have a tender interior.) Transfer the cookies, still on the parchment paper, to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yields 18 cookies. (I made mine smaller and got about three dozen cookies.)

Recipe from The Washington Post.


13 Responses to “Salted Oatmeal Cookies”

    snooky doodle on 1 July 26th, 2008 8:35 am

    these look yummy

    holly on 2 July 26th, 2008 6:29 pm

    oh my heavens. making them tomorrow!!

    phyllis on 3 July 26th, 2008 9:00 pm

    it’s too hot to bake but if it wasn’t, i’d totally make these. sweet and salty!? heaven.

    Kristen on 4 July 30th, 2008 12:33 pm

    The word salted always gets me when it is in a title… especially when it is something sweet. Mmmmm!

    My Sweet & Saucy on 5 July 30th, 2008 1:53 pm

    Love these cookies! Looks great!

    howtoeatacupcake on 6 August 3rd, 2008 5:50 pm

    sweet + salty = heaven!

    Paula on 7 August 5th, 2008 2:22 pm

    Love the sound of these cookies! salty and sweet = yummm good luck with all your baking:)

    Sihan on 8 August 19th, 2008 5:52 pm

    salty and sweet.. that sounds tantalizing to me. I’ll be book marking this!

    Angie on 9 February 9th, 2011 12:11 pm

    It’s 4am … and here I am craving for cookies! Your recipe sounds simple yummy!

    Michelle on 10 April 16th, 2011 6:52 am

    Sounds simple enough! My kids will love these! But I think I’ll sprinkle in some chocolate bits just to make sure … 😉

    Janice on 11 May 19th, 2011 7:59 am

    Now this is something even I could make! Thanks! My kids are growing and are starting to demand for more food, food, food! 😉 Gotta keep the pantry stocked with goodies for each day that they come home from school ravenous for anything tasty. Plus, there’s just something so heart warming, delightful and satisfying about being able to cook food that your kids really like. 🙂

    Pat on 12 June 4th, 2011 8:47 am

    Hi there! I never knew that oatmeal cookies are this easy to make. 🙂 My wife loves making them and I always thought that she had to slave away in the kitchen every time she makes a batch for us.

    Jim on 13 June 9th, 2011 10:59 pm

    A friend of ours recently gave us a jar of oatmeal cookies. II never really liked them before but it’s a good thing that my wife asked me to try that batch — I loved them! I’m hoping your recipe will come close to that. It looks simple enough — and that’s what I loved about those oatmeal cookies — they were simple … free from unnecessary and complicated flavors.