My favorite cookie is an oatmeal scotchie! My mom made them for my siblings and I monthly. There was always a good time for an oatmeal scotchie: after a sporting game, a snack at sleepovers, and for long car rides to our cabin.
Recently I have been thinking about ways to take new recipes up a notch by adding in a twist. Having a local distillery just a short drive from home gave me every reason to add Breckenridge Distillery bourbon in the classic Quaker Oats Vanishing Oatmeal Cookie recipe. Let's just conclude that it's the best.
The bourbon gives the cookies a lightly sticky texture but still really fluffy and soft when you bite into it.
How much bourbon is too much?
Well that is completely up to you. I added 5 TBSP and felt it was the perfect amount for a hint of bourbon that didn't overpower the taste. If you are sharing these with non-bourbon drinkers opt for 4 TBSP and if you are looking for a boozy pairing then pour away 6-7 TBSP. You may need to add a few more oats to keep the perfect consistency and not water, I mean bourbon - down the batter.
What is the original Quaker Oats "Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies" recipe? Aside from it being printed under the lid of the oats, I included it below with my additions.
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 Cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 Cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon(s) vanilla
1 1/2 Cup(s) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon(s) Baking Soda
1 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
3 Cup(s) Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup of butterscotch chips
5 TBSP bourbon
Heat oven to 350*F
Beat together butter and sugars until creamy
Add eggs, vanilla, and optional bourbon; beat well
Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well
Stir in oats and optional butterscotch chips; mix well
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto non-greased cookie sheet
Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown
Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack
Yields: Approximately 4 dozen
These cookies are going to be a hit at your upcoming party (for adults 21+ because they are boozy). Serve them with an old fashioned or boozy bourbon milkshakes.