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Looking for cooking tips for making a chewy Oatmeal Cookie recipe you can make ahead of time and have ready in your refrigerator or cooler for when you are ready to bake?  Try these delicious Oatmeal Refrigerator Cookies Baked in an Outdoor Oven.



1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1 tsp. vanilla
Take the butter out of the refrigerator and leave at room temperature until softened.  Blend together the butter, sugars and eggs with a mixer.  Mix the flour, soda and salt together in a separate bowl; then add these dry ingredients to the butter mixture along with the oats and vanilla. Blend together well.  Form into long rolls. (see below)  Refrigerate overnight. Cut in 1/4 inch slices. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to10 minutes.

Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.
Make this dough and keep refrigerated up to 1 week, or at least 8 hours. The longer they are refrigerated, the more flavor there is to the cookie.

Helpful Hint:  Whenever I'm baking cookies, I remove them from the oven when they are just starting to turn brown around the edges.  I leave them on the cookie sheet for about 10 minutes and they will continue to cook through.  Then I remove them to the cooling rack.  This helps to keep your cookies soft and chewy.

Special note for my "Outdoor Cooking" groups from this week-end.  This above hint didn't get used so well, as my outdoor oven was a little more difficult to time for doneness and once they came out of the ovens, we ate them right away!!


Dividing Cookie DoughHere I measured out 4 equal quantities for my logs.  I used a scale, as I was making multiple batches and wanted to make sure they were all the same size.  Otherwise just make a batch into the amount of logs you want.

I lined my plastic measuring container with plastic wrap and dropped the dough on top of it.

Oatmeal CookiesNext I spread out the dough lengthwise a little with a spoon.  Then I took the longest sides of the plastic wrap and put them together and started to turn them together in one direction until the plastic wrap was tight around the length of the log.

Making Oatmeal CookiesHere you can see how the plastic wrap has been folded down.  Then I used both hands to blend the dough together to form a nice even log; then twisted the 2 end pieces of plastic and folded them over the log.

Oatmeal Cookies RecipeHere are my 4 logs ready to go into the refrigerator. 

When you are ready to bake cookies, cut slices, place on your cookie sheet and bake.

I wanted to thank all of the Scouts and Adult leaders I met at the Weblo's Activity Badge Day.  There were a lot of great Outdoor Cooking ideas you all shared from your previous outings.  I'll be working this week to add a new Article Section for "Outdoor Cooking" to this website and will be adding the instructions on how we made the oven out of a cardboard box and lined with aluminum foil.  So check back again, when you get a chance and see what other Outdoor Cooking ideas have been added! 

If you have questions or any new ideas to share, just go to the "Ask Mara" section of this website to contact me!   You can also make a comment or rank this Article below. 

Home Baked CookiesThis recipe can also be made at home and baked in your kitchen oven.  They taste great this way also... enjoy!

Until we meet again - enjoy the great outdoors!



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