Toasted Oatmeal Cookies

2 1/2 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine (softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 350º. Spread oats and walnuts in ungreased jelly roll pan, 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches. Bake 15 – 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until light brown; cool. Beat brown sugar, butter, vanilla and egg in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in oat mixture and remaining ingredients. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2″ apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 – 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 – 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

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