Want a cookie? How about a soft oatmeal cookie studded with golden raisins and toasted walnuts? Hard to say “no” to that!
This cookie combination was a third installment in the tradition of morning birthday cookies for the Artist. He’s been on the oatmeal kick lately, so these have seemed to fit in quite perfectly. The latest copy of the Allrecipes.com magazine ran a story on the most popular cookie selection, and I found the recipe for the Soft Oatmeal Cookies. I halved the recipe and added the fruit and nut. These were a hit!
Oatmeal Cookies with Golden Raisins and Toasted Walnuts (Makes 2 dozen cookies)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 oatmeal (I used extra thick, old fashioned)
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
1. Beat together butter and sugar until creamy.
2. Add in the egg and beat together.
3. Stir together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Incorporate the dry ingredients slowly into the butter mixture.
4. Mix in oats, raisins and walnuts. At this point, I refrigerated the dough overnight so it would be ready to bake in the morning. You can bake the cookies right away.
5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
6. Scoop cookies on parchment lined baking sheets an inch apart and bake 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack (directly with the parchment paper) and let cool.
Now all you have to do is sing “happy birthday” and pour in a cup of milk or glass.
I would definitely bake these again. Chewy, sweet, healthy-tasting, with a nice crunch from the walnuts. This recipe lends itself to many variations – how about pecans and dried cherries or pistachios and dried apricots? Give these a try!