Stir together 2 tablespoons hot water and baking soda in a large bowl until baking soda is dissolved. Add butter and syrup, stirring until blended.
Combine 1 1/2 cups oats and next 3 ingredients; stir into butter mixture, stirring until blended.
Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls, and place, 3 inches apart, onto lightly greased baking sheets. Slightly flatten dough balls.
Bake at 350° for 7 to 8 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
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