Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Best Oatmeal Cookies Ever

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I’m not a big oatmeal cookie fan. I eat oatmeal for breakfast nearly every day, but cookies?  I’ll take some good almond biscotti any day.  Still, when the husband mentioned that he hasn’t had a good oatmeal cookie in years, I thought it was time to hunt down a recipe. I found this one on Sugar Cooking, but originally it came from Journey to Crunchville.

Is it really the best oatmeal cookie ever? That’s for you to decide. I will go so far as to say it’s a really good recipe and I’d make it again. The cookies are crunchy on the edges but chewy in the middle. If you prefer yours crunchy all the way through, leave them in the oven for a couple minutes more.

I also switched up the recipe by soaking the raisins in 2 T. of rum, rather than in the egg and vanilla. I think it adds a lot more flavor.

Best Oatmeal Cookies  Ever:

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1 cup butter, room temp
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 TBSP (yes tablespoon) vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger (I left this out. I’m not a big ginger fan.)
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 cups oatmeal (quick cooking or old fashioned, not instant)
1 cup raisins (soaked in 2 T. rum)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

To prep: The key is to soak the raisins. This makes all the difference in the world. Beat eggs and vanilla together and then add the raisins, stir. Soak for an hour or two. I just walked by a few times and stirred it while I waited. (Note: I soaked the raisins in 2 T. rum for 3/4 hour rather than in the eggs and vanilla for an hour or two. )


Preheat to 350 F

Cream butter and sugars with mixer. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg. Stir the dry ingredients until well blended. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix well. Now add in the egg & raisin mixture. Then add oatmeal and chocolate chips/nuts and combine well. (I used walnuts, but no chocolate chips.) Form into balls on cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes. (I like them crispier, so I baked them for 12-14 minutes.) Let cool on cookie sheet for 2-5 minutes or until firm enough to transfer to wire rack.

Made about 3 1/2 dozen cookies, depending on how large you make them.

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  1. Crispy and beautiful.
    I wish you were a ginger fan!
    Happy Sunday!

  2. nice tip with the rum soaked raisins. Also the whole tablespoon of vanilla is the only way to go. I sub in more vanilla in almost all my cookie recipes!

  3. Your presentation is beautiful. I love a nice crisp cookie!

  4. non ho mai provato questi biscotti, ti ringrazio per la ricetta, molto bella la presentazione.
    Ciao Daniela.

  5. oooh how I love me some gooood oatmeal cookies! just like that...crunchy on the edges and chewy in the middle. and wow? rum soaked raisins? holy moly i bet that is good!

  6. I adore oatmeal cookies (and like oatmeal - not love, but like - especially when it's ten below in the a.m.). I think I will try it with ginger - I love all the goodies in this.

  7. I love your photo. You got me mouthwatering...

  8. Yum! Soaking the raisins in rum sounds delicious.

  9. I am one of those who loves a good oatmeal cookie. Hey, its good for us...right? You've made them just perfectly. Crisp outside, chewy inside.

  10. Mmm they look awesome. I'm a big fan of oatmeal cookies. Is this your favorite recipe ever?

  11. I always use the recipe on the back of the box of Quaker Oats box! It hasn't failed me then we love all kinds of cookies!

  12. I am sooo excited to try these, they look nice and crunchy..

  13. I'll always take almond biscotti over oatmeal cookies! But those look really good!

  14. Nice twist with the rum soaked raisins! I haven't made oatmeal cookies in ages, my hubby would be happy if I did. I'm sort of a crunchy biscotti girl like you.

  15. Wow these really do look like the best oatmeal cookies ever!

    Lovely recipe, sounds delicious!

  16. Don't know how I missed this post but I'm glad I caught it the second time around. I haven't eaten oatmeal cookies in ages and you've reeled me in hook, line and rum raisins!!!

    & Co.