Chewy, Wholesome Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies

15 Oct

Oatmeal and raisin cookies are something that I have been trying to perfect for a very long time. They need to be chewy, thick and packed with raisins. They also can’t be too sweet because it masks the heartiness of the cookie, in my opinion. This is a firm favorite in my house when we go on a roadtrip, have a picnic or even simply go for a nice, long walk. They can be varied to suit your own tastes, for example add chocolate chips or a handful of nuts or other dried fruits. The options are endless. They are also basic to put together and because they should be chilled, they can be made ahead of time and then cooked when needed.

Chewy, Wholesome Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies (Makes 12)

115g butter, softened

125g light brown sugar

1 egg

1tsp vanilla extract

95g plain flour

1/2tsp baking powder

1tsp cinnamon

1/4tsp salt

120g rolled oats

135g raisins (You could also use sultanas if you wish)

65g walnuts or other nut, chopped (optional)

  • Preheat the oven to 175ºc/350ºf and grease a large baking tray with butter.
  • With an electric mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth and combined. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  • Add to the butter/sugar mix and stir until combined. Add the oats, raisins and walnuts (If using them) and stir again until thoroughly mixed.
  • Either scoop out onto the baking sheet and them chill in the fridge or freezer or chill in the bowl. Obviously they need less chilling time in the freezer, you don’t actually want them frozen solid. You could also cook them without chilling but they might turn out more flat.
  • Arrange 2cm apart on the baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 10-12mins or until golden and crisp on the outside and slightly soft in the middle.
  • Let cool on the tray for 5mins then transfer to a wire rack. Tuck in!
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