By Chef Diane
In case this is your first time to visit this site, I have one thing to share with you about me. I love to bake. I love baking, but not the eating, so I bake cookies and treats and send to friends and family on a regular basis. Of course each person has their own favorite, so I try to fix that for them. I have found that most of the men folk I bake for all love oatmeal cookies with raisins. I usually bake sugar cookies, or chocolate chip, but to make the guys happy I will occasionally bake them oatmeal. I have tried the store bought mix, but it doesn't have raisins, only chocolate chips. I have also tried the already made dough, just heat and eat. But that just doesn't do it for me either. So I started with a can of Oats, and just looked on the back for a recipe. I changed mine up just a bit, I added a mixture of raisins and craising and a little nutmeg and some chopped pecans. I thought they were pretty good, and the craisins gave it a little extra zip.
The first oatmeal cookies were created during the late 1800's in England. These cookies, however, were not the same consistency as we know of them today; they were more oatcakes than actual cookies. During the Middle Ages, spices, nuts, and raisins were commonly added to oatmeal cookie recipes.
Oats are not only tasty, but they are very nutritious too, they are full of fiber, and help to lower cholesterol too. Today is Oatmeal Cookie day, for a delicious snack, try this recipe to make yourself and family a treat, but if you don’t have time to bake today, you can always get the store bought kind, or even an oatmeal cream pie.
Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup raisins
Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonful’s onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 08 min