Vintage Recipe: Grandma’s Easy Oatmeal Macaroons Recipe Gluten Free

By Andrea Sabean | Recipes

Feb 25

I discovered this Easy Oatmeal Macaroons recipe in my grandmother’s recipe box, and right away I knew it was a recipe worth sharing.  They are super-simple to make, only have a few ingredients, and most of the sweetness comes from dried fruit.  This is a cookie I can feel good about eating!

Although the original recipe calls for brown sugar, they were just as good made with a few tablespoons of honey.  For the dried fruit, my grandmother liked them with dried apricots, and I have made them with dates, prunes, and raisins, and I’m going to try cranberries the next time I make a batch.

The lemon zest in the recipe adds a nice zing to the cookie, but when I don’t have lemons on hand I add a little vanilla instead.  This is truly a versatile cookie with lots of room for creativity!

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Grandma’s Easy Oatmeal Macaroons Recipe

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp. honey (or 1/4 cup brown sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit, cut in small pieces
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest (or 1/2 tsp vanilla)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in a pan, add oats, and stir until lightly browned.  Pour oats onto a plate to cool.
  3. Beat egg, honey, and spices with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.  If you don’t have an electric mixer, a whisk and a strong arm should do the trick.
  4. Stir in oats, dried fruit, and lemon zest.
  5. Using a moistened teaspoon, place small mounds on a parchment-lined or greased baking sheet.  Use the spoon or your fingers to mold them into a mounded shape.  At this stage, you might think they will never stick together, but they will once they are baked!
  6. Bake the cookies for 12 – 15 minutes, until they are light brown.  Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Once cool, in the words of my grandmother, “Dig In!”

Makes about 24 cookies.

Vintage Recipe: Grandma's Easy Oatmeal Macaroons
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp. honey (or ¼ cup brown sugar)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • ½ cup dried fruit, cut in small pieces
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest (or ½ tsp vanilla)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in a pan, add oats, and stir until lightly browned. Pour oats onto a plate to cool.
  3. Beat egg, honey, and spices with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. If you don't have an electric mixer, a whisk and a strong arm should do the trick.
  4. Stir in oats, dried fruit, and lemon zest.
  5. Using a moistened teaspoon, place small mounds on a parchment-lined or greased baking sheet. Use the spoon or your fingers to mold them into a mounded shape. At this stage, you might think they will never stick together, but they will once they are baked!
  6. Bake the cookies for 12 - 15 minutes, until they are light brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
 

About the Author

Andrea is an artisan and teacher trying to live a handmade and homemade lifestyle with her husband in Eastern Canada. She is passionate about growing her own food, cooking healthy meals, using herbs for healing, nurturing creativity, and finding joy and blessings in the every-day moments of life. She writes about all of this, plus her adventures in sewing, crafting, and pattern design at http://www.artisaninthewoods.com/