This is the best oatmeal cookie recipe ("Haferflockenkekse") by far. I've tried lots of different ones. Even though some of the oatmeal recipes seem very similar, the final results are vastly different. On top of that, simple cookie recipes aren't always that simple. This, however, is an old fashioned oatmeal cookie recipe that IS easy to make.
With the added apricots, they aren't just typical - they're extra-ordinary! For me, I love the chewiness that the apricots give. AND the extra flavour!
Instead of apricots you can add chocolate chips and/or raisins as well. If you'd like, you can omit the almonds, or add more, or add other nuts as well. These easy-to-make cookies always get rave reviews when added to our Christmas cookie platters.
In fact, among my holiday baking recipes, this one is always a must. Above, I've drizzled dark chocolate over them. It adds another layer of flavour.
For variety, I'll put some white almond icing (see hints below the recipe) over half of the cookies. Makes for an easy mix of cookies for the platters. That, together with all the different variations of chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, etc., makes this recipe one of my keepers!
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Best Oatmeal Cookies
Anne says, "Just made this last week for my Birthday. I usually add walnut pieces or almond slivers. Can't believe it looks exactly the same as my Mama taught me some 40 years ago, the only thing what we did different, we use a fork to make the ridges in the apples. But they do open up better the way you do it with the knife. And you are right, this recipe never fails :)"
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Joy B: Our family always used white vinegar instead of lemon juice, and added paprika ... but I think I'd like this version better!
Alice D: Every time I make these I always have to make 3 times as much! Our friends always want some so it never goes to waste.
Gaby S: This is in my oven right NOW!!! Can't wait to try it!
Sunetra C: Das sieht aber lecker aus.
Debbie M: These will certainly be a hit. My 89 year old mother-in- law will love them.
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