craving cookies

another cold, rainy day in seattle has me longing for something sweet and baked. since i’m alone with my little oscar today, i’m going to keep it simple and make some oatmeal raisin cookies. i am a fanatic for super chewy oatmeal cookies. i like them over-flowing with raisins with no nuts in sight. (i don’t like nuts in almost any of my cookies) i wrote this recipe last week and i haven’t tested yet, so we’ll see how they come out.

they came out perfect. really really chewy with lots of raisins! here is the recipe for you to try…
chewy oatmeal raisin cookies (makes 2 dozen large cookies)


1 stick of softened butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup raisins (i like california golden for this recipe) 

preheat oven to 350°F
in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth. in a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and set aside. add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in the mixing bowl, stirring until just combined. stir in the oats and raisins.
spoon, 2 inches apart, onto cookie sheets covered in parchment paper. bake for about 12 minutes, just until they start to brown around the edges, and let cool on the cookie sheets for about 5 minutes before you move them to a wire rack to cool completely.

i think this recipe would work well with the addition of a tablespoon of orange zest and about 3/4 cup of mini, bittersweet chocolate chips. nolan (the husband and chief food taster) really liked these, so i don’t think he’d be opposed to a fresh batch again next week. i’ll let you know how they turned out.

About jentarantino

i went to culinary school back in the mid 90's where i soon discovered that most of my favorite things to eat begin with celery, carrots and onions; or at the very least, one of the three. i cooked professionally for a very short time, but never stopped being a "home cook". i used the skills i acquired in school to teach myself to bake and kept up on food trends by becoming addicted to cooking shows and food magazines. i will eventually open my own soup shop, but until that happens, this blog will be my culinary outlet. i hope it inspires you to... stand lovingly over a simmering pot, wait anxiously for rising bread dough, frost cupcakes with care, marinate, brine, and most importantly... make it yourself!
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2 Responses to craving cookies

  1. easyrighter says:

    I cant keep up with all this….. I want to cook ALL of them tonight… alas, I do not have a buffet in my house…. 😦

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