Best Back of the Box Recipes: Quaker Oats Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies

Brooke Newberry
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It’s time we told you the truth: some of our mothers’ simple, undisclosed recipes weren’t completely their own. Many of them were the old school, “back of the box” classics – whether they were Mom’s own variations or straight representations, the backs of those boxes were once the best kept secret weapons in the kitchen.

There’s something more comforting about cooking or baking from the back of a box than from an actual cookbook or Internet recipe.  It’s all about marketing – if the box endorses it, it must be flawless in taste and method. Back of the box recipes are usually plain, simple and dedicated to the ingredient featured and sold inside the package. So, what makes a recipe a classic?  It seems as though Generation X has come to know the taste of these recipes as “classics” because of their original box printing and familiar nostalgic taste. Whether semi-homemade or semi-authentic, we grew up with these time-honored recipes and consider them family.

This week: Quaker Oats Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies

This is the classic oatmeal cookie recipe – it’s just a fantastic standby located on the lid of every round Quaker Oats box. We prefer using Quaker’s old fashioned oats versus the quick cooking oats for baking. Quick cooking oats are just coarsely chopped old fashioned oats. This enables them to cook faster once broken down. The quick cooking oats gives cookies a more uniform texture; however, we prefer the rustic presence of the larger old fashioned oats. Of course, the raisins can always be omitted and/or substituted for chocolate chips, nuts or whatever else is desired.
Tips: Chill the dough before baking it. This will ensure thicker, chewier oatmeal cookies (which is exactly how they should be). This recipe is too sweet for some. Feel free to reduce the granulated white sugar to 1/4 cup.
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