These Chewy, Vanilla-Rich Oatmeal Cookies Are a Classic Done Right

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Like Phoebe Buffay’s heirloom “Nestlé Toulouse” recipe — aka the iconic recipe listed on every bag of Nestlé Toll House chocolate chips — the recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies printed on the bottom of the lid of every tub of Quaker Oats oatmeal is not half bad; it’s pretty great, actually.

This classic has been my go-to for oatmeal cookies for the past decade-plus.

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Over the years, I’ve made some tweaks here and there: namely, amping up the vanilla and cinnamon and increasing the amount of additions by 50 percent. And raisins, well, they’re fine and all, but I prefer dried cranberries and chopped toasted pecans. Most importantly, I pull them out of the oven as soon as they start to brown on the bottom — they look slightly undercooked at this point — so they stay chewy, never overcooked and dry.

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With these small tweaks, the recipe goes from pretty darn good to a favorite that nearly always elicits queries of, “Can I have the recipe?”

Cranberry-Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Notes

Dried tart cherries, walnuts, pistachios, raisins, and chocolate chips are all good alternative additions; keep the total volume to 1 1/2 cups.

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