Sweet Leaf

Finding Beauty through Baking ~by Susan Baxter-Peace

Mom’s Orange Oatmeal Cookies November 12, 2012

While visiting my mom one day last week she mentioned how much she wanted to make a cookie that she remembered from her childhood; a crispy oatmeal cookie with a hint of orange. I thought about some of my recipes and wondered if I had one she could use, and just add some orange zest. However, I prefer chewy oatmeal cookies, so most of my recipes would not be what she was looking for.

To satisfy my own curiosity, I went searching online for crispy orange oatmeal cookie recipes, and found several options. I looked them over, and thought one in particular might be the best. I chose it because, although all the recipe titles said ‘crispy,’ this one used more white sugar than brown. Brown sugar adds texture to cookies, while white sugar causes more spreading; and more spreading = thinner cookies = crispier cookies. So I printed the recipe off and gave it to my mom to try.

By the time I came back later that afternoon she had already baked a batch, and had packaged some for me to take home. She seemed pretty happy with the results, and I was pretty happy to get some cookies! The hint of orange is a really nice addition, one I’d never really thought of for an oatmeal cookie; but one I will definitely keep in mind for future cookie baking!

Thanks to my mom for the inspiration this week. You can find the recipe by clicking here.

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4 Responses to “Mom’s Orange Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. Susan Gibson Says:

    I remember those cookies from my childhood too! I’m glad we have found a recipe that is the same – I will look forward to making (and eating) some!

  2. Sharon Baxter Says:

    They are exactly as I remembered them – thanks, Susie! PS – I am enjoying my second childhood 🙂

  3. Sharon Baxter Says:

    By the way, if you follow the directions in the recipe, and use 2 1/2 tablespoons of dough for each cookie, you will end up with cookies as big as small pizzas. I used a teaspoon and the cookies still baked to a generous size!


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