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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Vintage Recipe: Grandma's Easy Oatmeal Macaroons
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt butter in a pan, add oats, and stir until lightly browned. Pour oats onto a plate to cool.
- 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.
- Stir in oats, dried fruit, and lemon zest.
- 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!
- Bake the cookies for 12 – 15 minutes, until they are light brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
I just made these for the kiddos. I am out of honey as I buy it from a relative and haven’t gotten my hands on any for a few months so I used dark brown sugar. I used raisins for my dried fruit. They are simply amazing! The lemon zest really a stunning additive. I’m excited to try it again with honey!