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Everyone seems to have a box of instant oatmeal packets hiding in their pantry or kitchen, sadly forgotten. While they make a quick breakfast, a lot of people get tired of the same old flavors of everyday oatmeal. Rather than throwing away money and letting oatmeal packets become trashcan bound, I try to re-purpose them.
Instant oatmeal packets aren’t just for breakfast, they also make wonderful, chewy oatmeal cookies unlike any other. This recipe is great because you can mix and match different combinations of oatmeal packet flavors together to create a different cookie every time. My favorites are the Maple & Brown Sugar mixed with Apples and Cinnamon, or Strawberries and Cream with Blueberries and Cream.
Instant Oatmeal Packet Cookies
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbs. milk
1 egg, room temperature
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
6 packets flavored instant oatmeal (can use all one flavor, or different combinations)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of raisins or nuts (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat softened butter with the white sugar and brown butter until smooth and creamy, then beat in the milk and egg until smooth. Meanwhile, stir the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Gently mix in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until evenly blended. Mix in the nuts or raisins (if using).
2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheets, flattening the tops of the cookie dough until they’re about 1/4 inch thick.
3. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies are light brown and crispy on the edges. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes. Place on cooling rack to cool completely.
Makes about 15-18 cookies