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Old 02-21-2009, 12:57 AM   #1
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Its so frustrating! I have tried over and over to make plump oatmeal cookies but every recipe I have tried, they always flatten out sooo thin while baking. Ugh....anyone have a foul-proof oatmeal cookie recipe?? I'm open to additions like chips, cranberry etc...

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Old 02-21-2009, 10:23 AM   #2
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I don't. The ones I make are oatmeal/butterscotch chip and they are sooo flat they're hard to get off the tray. But they are crispy and delish!! lol


PS. I have to get out of the kitchen section, it's making me sooo hungry!!!
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Do you use butter, margarine or shortening?

If the recipe calls for softened butter -- alow to come to room temp naturally, not in the micro it will start it out in the recipe in the melted state and make them spread too.

If I'm remebering because shortening has a higher melting point it doesn't spread as much. Margarine is second for spred and butter has a low melting point so it tends to spread easy.

For chewy cookies the recipe should have a higher volume (or all) brown sugar to white sugar.

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Erica is correct. Shortening will keep your cookies from flattening. Although, I don't use shortening at all anymore, so we are getting use to flat cookies. I wonder would baking soda or powder help?
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Re: Please tell me why my oatmeal cookies always flatten?!?

Sometimes cookies are flat because there isn't enough flour in them. This is my recipe and it has never baked up flat!

Yummy In My Tummy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup softened butter (2 sticks)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups oats (quick or regular)
2 cups (1 bag) milk chocolate chips

1. Cream butter and sugars together.
2. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until well blended.
3. Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt.
4. Mix in oats.
5. Stir in chocolate chips.
6. Using a large scoop place 6 cookies per cookie sheet. Bake at 350F for approximately 14 minutes or until the edges start are golden brown.
7. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet and then transfer to cooling rack.
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:19 AM   #7
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Thanks Elizabeth, I'm going to try your recipe sometime this week and I'll post back how they came out!
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Re: Please tell me why my oatmeal cookies always flatten?!?

let your butter get to room temp w/o the microwave or oven, this helps fluff up cookies and tone those mama arms whipping in the butter!
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I hope they turn out for you! FYI - I pretty much always soften my butter in the microwave. I usually do it for a minute or two, at power level one or two, checking it and turning it at thirty second intervals.
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:08 AM   #10
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Well I'm baking Elizabeth's cookie recipe right now as I type, and OMGoodness, they are awesome!! I was about to give up on having bakery-style plump oatmeal cookies until now. Thanks!!!

ETA: I used a tablespoon to scoop out on cookie sheet and was generous w/each cookie portion.
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