Because you can’t have too many oatmeal cookie recipes, here’s a thin oatmeal cookie recipe from Newsday’s Sylvia Carter who wanted something “less robust” than the Quaker recipe. This recipe appeared in The Lincoln Journal Star.
In the article Sylvia mentions that they are supposed to be similar to Normal Rockwell’s favorite oatmeal cookies. I did a little digging around and found a typewritten version of Normal Rockwell’s recipe. It calls for only 1 stick of butter, which doesn’t seem like enough for a cookie with 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Maybe Rockwell played with the recipe because there’s another Normal Rockwell cookie which is similar but doesn’t have the water and calls for 3/4 cup butter and only 1 cup of oats.
So this recipe is a bit different, but good if you like a thin cookie that’s not so sweet. For a chewier, sweeter thin cookie, I recommend these Chewy Oatmeal Cookies.
Sylvia Carter Creates a Thin Oatmeal Cookie
- 2 sticks unsalted butter softened (230 grams)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar 100 grams
- 1 cup brown sugar packed (200 grams)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup flour 127 to 140 grams**
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups oats old fashioned
- 2 cups toasted pecans roughly chopped (not optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla and water.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda and stir well.
- Stir flour mixture into butter mixture, then stir in oats and pecans.
- Scoop out a rounded tablespoon of dough for each cookie, spacing them about 3 inches apart. Use a dampened spoon to flatten each cookie to about 2 inches in diameter.
- Bake 12 minutes or until golden. Cool for a few minutes before carefully removing from the parchment paper to a rack. Cool completely.
- For chocolate chip oatmeal cookies: Add 2 cups chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips.