August 12, 2009

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in Photos

Posted in Dessert tagged , at 10:35 pm by jenniec00ks

So as I’m on a baking kick, here are my all-time go-to cookies!  They’re super simple, and I originally found them from food network but usually make a half batch and cut back the vanilla a touch, I find they turn out much better.  Tthis is the full recipe by the way, it makes a TON (I’d approximate over 2 dozen hefty cookies…but you’ll see)

2 sticks butter (1 cup), softened a bit (let them sit @ room temp for a bit).
3/4 cup white & brown sugar (each)
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt, cinnamon, baking soda
2 cups oatmeal
1 tsp water, vanilla extract
1 cup raisins, gold or black, whatever floats your boat.

***Alternatively, you can go with 3/4 cup raisins and 1/2 cup of walnut pieces. I personally enjoy a walnut-raisin combination much more.  If you’ve only got whole/half walnuts, put ’em in a bag and whack ’em with something tough – a rolling pin, cookbook, meat tenderizer, whatever you’ve got around.

Use an electric mixer (on low) on both the sugars and slightly softened butter until they become one big pile of paste.  This procedure is called ‘creaming’ the butter and sugar together.

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Before - butter & sugars

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After - a nice creamy looking paste

Don’t toss those beaters from the electric mixer yet!  Add in the 2 eggs and beat it a little more, just ’til it’s incorporated.  Then you can ditch the electric mixer and use a spatula to stir in everything else EXCEPT the raisins, water, and vanilla (that’d be the flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda & oatmeal).  The oatmeal and flour will really dry up the mix, so make sure you keep stirring until everythings incorporated.  It might take some muscle, but I’m sure you can do it!

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Finally, add the rest of the ingredients: the raisins (walnuts if you’re going that way), water, and vanilla.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit while you drop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet – doesn’t need to be greased, these things are loaded with enough butter they won’t stick.  Bake the cookies anywhere from 10-15 minutes until your home smells good and the cookies are a touch brown on the edges.  =)oatmealraisincookies 004

Well…drop spoonfuls if you want traditional single serving cookies.  I am lazy sometimes, so I dump the whole batch onto a sheet pan and spread it out with a silicone spatula.  Then I either cut it afterwards into squares or cut it into a cute shape (like my favorite mushroom shaped character, see below!)

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PS, you can use margarine if you want.  Yes, it probably has trace amounts of trans fats from partially hydrogenated oil.  But it’s probably less than half the price of real butter.  Take your pick, as they say in designing embedded systems, everything’s a tradeoff.

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2 Comments »

  1. Sang said,

    LOL at the shaped cookie…

  2. Mary said,

    Love these, got such compliments on them the first time around, making more again!! just only a half batch this time around… 🙂


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