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German Oatmeal Cookies

German Oatmeal Cookies

Notes: For best results, bake these thin, lacy cookies on flat (not warped) baking sheets lined with cooking parchment. Store cookies airtight for up to 4 days.

Sunset NOVEMBER 2003

  • Yield: Makes about 45 cookies


  • 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup quick-cooking rolled oats


1. In a 1- to 2-quart pan over low heat, melt butter. Add sugar and cream and stir over high heat until the mixture is boiling. Remove from heat and stir in flour, cloves, ginger, salt, and oats.

2. Drop batter in 1-teaspoon portions onto cooking parchment-lined or buttered and floured 12- by 15-inch baking sheets (see notes), evenly spacing three or four portions on each sheet.

3. Bake one pan at a time in a 350° oven until the edges of cookies are golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

4. Let cookies cool on sheet until firm enough to remove, about 2 minutes; to test, lift a corner of a cookie with your fingers, or slide a spatula under a corner. If it's too soft to hold its shape, wait a few seconds longer; if it's firm, lift off with your fingers or a spatula. Set cookies on racks to cool.

5. Serve, or immediately package airtight (cookies soften quickly from moisture in the air) in rigid containers, putting waxed paper between layers.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cookie.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 36
  • Calories from fat: 58%
  • Protein: 0.3g
  • Fat: 2.3g
  • Saturated fat: 1.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 3.6g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Sodium: 34mg
  • Cholesterol: 6.3mg

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