Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: Easy, Healthy, Simple & Sweet

So this recipe is somewhat of a storied baking legend for me.  I found it online years ago and have zero idea how I came across it (I think I probably Googled “chewy oatmeal raisin cookie”…cause I like my cookies chewy).  Although, sometimes I think I might have photocopied it from a friend.  To add to its lure I also think I made this recipe once and accidently left half the butter in the microwave where I had put it to soften and the cookies still came out fantastic.  So now, almost like my Grandmother’s ultimate secret chocolate cake recipe, this Oatmeal Raisin Cookie is gaining traction in my repertoire as somewhat of a legendary piece.  No one can say for sure how it got here and somehow even if you make a drastic alteration (like leaving out butter) it still magically turns out well.  (But please don’t try to halve the butter in this recipe, I can’t promise similar results).  Do you have any similar legendary baking stories/recipes?  Please share!

A few weeks ago, when my sister was pregnant with my now adorable baby niece, I wanted to send her some cookies.  I needed something that was good for her and the baby but still sweet and delicious.  I thought of this recipe right away and sent over a batch.
This is a picture of what’s left of the actual recipe…

½ cup (1 stick/4 ounces) butter, softened
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
¾ cup flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
1 ½ cups rolled oats
¾ cups raisins
½ cup chopped walnuts or ½ cup chocolate chips (both optional)

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a large bowl cream together the butter and brown sugar.  Add in the egg and vanilla and mix together until well combined.  In a separate bowl whisk the flour and baking soda.  Add the cinnamon and salt to this dry mixture and whisk in.  Slowly add the dry mixture to the butter one, stirring until well combined.  At this point add the oats, raisins and walnuts/chocolate chips if you’re using them.

If you have patience, refrigerate the dough for 10-30 minutes (this helps them stay thick and chewy during the baking process).
Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.



  1. Oatmeal cookies are my absolute favorite. These are making me hungry!!

  2. I love a good oatmeal cookie. They always hit the spot. :)


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