I improvise alot in the kitchen. I am sure you have realized this by now. My favorite recipes are flexible and forgiving. Most savory cooking type recipes are this way. Baking tends to be more exact. This recipe is the exception.
While there are key base elements that must remain constant to churn out these delicious cookies there is much room for improvisation. All the pictures on this post are of my favorite variation- white chocolate and craisins. However you can add anything you want to these cookies- raisins, cinnamon, chocolate, coconut, chopped nuts, M&Ms, chopped up candy bars. Your imagination is your limit.
If you come up with a winning combination please come back and share!
1 cup softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 cup oatmeal
Mix ins of your choosing- 1 cup raisins/craisins, 1 cup chocolate chips (white, dark, milk), 1-2 cups coconut, 1 tsp almond extract, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 cup chopped nuts, etc. My favorite is 1 cup white chocolate chips 1 cup craisins
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar till light and pale. Add eggs one at a time mixing well in between and scraping down the bowl as needed. Add vanilla. Sift flour, salt and baking soda together in to another bowl. Add to wet mixture. Fold in what ever mix ins you want. Scoop 1 inch balls of dough on to a cookie sheet 1-2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Pull out slightly underdone for a chewy cookie.