American Classics

Lost classic desserts from our wide and varied past.

American Classics: Butterscotch 'Salty Oats'

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Former Serious Eats editor and all around oatmeal maven, Erin Zimmer did me a great favor when she introduced me to the wonder that is the "salty oat" cookie.

I love oatmeal cookies in all forms, but the crunchy salt crystals on top of a salty oat cookie really makes them special. Butterscotch chips lend an extra bit of sweetness and cinnamon gives them a hint of spice. They may not be your grandma's oatmeal cookie, but I think that she'd approve.

About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered literary agent by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie, a Midtown Lunch contributor, and co-author of New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks. You can follow her on Twitter at @BlondieBrownie.

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