There are times to be cookie-flashy, and certainly the holidays do call for the glitz and glamour of colored sprinkles and fancy seasonally-appropriate shapes. But while some of these baked goods are gorgeous to look at, they don’t actually taste so good. Store-bought ones especially have all the flavor of iced cardboard, and some of these overdressed doughboys and girls are better off hanging next to the shining star upon the highest bough as decorations rather than being eaten.

Meanwhile, if you want a cookie that can fulfill its true destiny by being “Mmmmm, that is totally worth the calories and can I have another” delicious, that would be the humble but yummy old-fashioned oatmeal raisin cookie.

3/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups oatmeal (not instant, not flavored)
1 cup raisins (black or golden, baker’s choice)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gradually beat into butter mixture in stages. Stir in oatmeal and raisins. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool slightly before removing from cookie sheets. Have with tea, milk, or soymilk, and enjoy.