Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Can I confess something to you? I don't like raisins. I love grapes but I don't like raisins. This wasn't always the case. When I was younger I used to eat them all the time. I have fond memories of me picking raisins out of a red box. I would eat them day and night. One day I just snapped. I couldn't eat raisins anymore. Even now, the thought of eating them stimulates my gag reflex. Is it possible to overdose on food?
I made oatmeal raisin cookies at the request of one of my friends and set aside a few of them for Alex since I know he likes them. He really liked this particular recipe and said the raisins really made the cookie. So I went to the cookie plate and stared a cookie down. I wanted to try it but I was afraid of the raisin. I turned a perfectly good looking cookie into a mess of crumbs in an effort to get a piece without a raisin in it. I picked up a piece, put it in my mouth, and then chewed on a mischievous raisin that had hidden out deep within the cookie. I didn't spit it out because the rest of the cookie was just so damn good and chewy. Plus, I felt bad spitting out the raisin when I had spent so many of my food formative years loving raisins. I still don't like raisins, but they aren't half bad in a cookie like this.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Source: Dana Treat (here)
Yields approximately 3 dozen cookies

2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup raisins

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat together butter and sugars until creamy, about 4 minutes on medium speed. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.

Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Add to butter mixture and mix until combined.

Stir in oats and raisins and mix well.

Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack.

Poor rejected raisin.

1 comment:

pinkstripes said...

I love oatmeal raisin cookies and haven't made them in ages. Your cookies look great!