Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

I have been back from Maui for two days.  Mentally I feel recharged and ready to take on the new year, though I’m still a bit tired physically from the travel home and the errands that were waiting for me.  It always takes a day or two to shake off the travel dust but I don’t mind–the 11 days we spent on the beach more than make up for the post-travel fatigue.

While I was away I spent some time considering my resolutions for 2012.  Sure, the get-in-better-shape resolution is a given and I do try to stick to that throughout the year.  My husband and I set some joint goals, mainly to make a bigger effort to plan out our year before it flies by us once again.  It was also a good time to renew some personal, still unmet goals but one of the things I was excited to bring back into my life again is my journal.

 

When I pulled my notebook out from its secret place, I was disappointed to see that my last entry was from April 2010.  I have never ignored it for that long before (I have been keeping a diary since grade school and still have all of them).  It’s not that I haven’t written at all during this time but I’ve taken to the lazy route and have resorted to typing ideas on my computer or writing them on a piece of paper.  Once my thoughts were organized I would promptly discard the file or the note.  It was not the same–I didn’t like not having the old notes to reflect on.  I’ve always had this strange notion that I am most honest with myself when I write things down.  I can float around ideas in my head but somehow truth and clarity always come when I document them.  Thankfully, my momentary disappointment at neglecting my journal gave way to pleasant feelings as I read some previous entries–it was like being reunited with an old friend.  I will make a sincere effort to stick to this resolution.

 

Something else that I wanted to bring back into my life was an oatmeal raisin cookie.  The craving was understandable since I had not baked a batch in quite a while and after being away from my kitchen for so long, I was only too happy to get to work.

These cookies are thick and packed with oats.  They are also a far cry from the first oatmeal-raisin cookies I used to bake many years ago.  My original recipe contained no butter and used overripe bananas and applesauce.  Looking back now they were on the dry side and were only good right out of the oven.  I never served them to company–they were meant to be a guilt-free treat for me and my husband–but I hear a friend had a taste of them one day and his facial expression upon tasting one cookie said it all.  Maybe it’s a good thing that recipe is history.

 

This version is much better.  It is a product of combining a few recipes I’ve collected over time and it does embrace the use of butter.  I still cut back on sugar when I can (and this compromises the chewiness of the cookie) but the addition of chocolate chips makes up for it, I think.  They are entirely optional but I had an opened bag of semisweet chips in the refrigerator that was begging to be used.  The raisins and chocolate provide ample sweetness here and the healthy portion of oats lends almost a nutty quality to the cookies.  While making this batch last night I forgot to add the eggs to the creamed butter and sugar mixture before adding the flour.  Rather than giving up, I beat the eggs in a separate bowl and stirred them into the rest of the batter.  It didn’t hurt the cookies a bit, but next time I might wait until morning to answer my craving.

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

* Makes about 27 cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed golden brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar (you can use any brown sugar you have. Feel free to use only one type for the entire cup measure)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Add the vanilla extract to the raisins in a bowl and allow the raisins to absorb the flavor for 30-minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  5. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed for 3-4 minutes until it’s creamy.  Add all the sugar and beat for another few minutes until light and fluffy in texture.  Add the eggs, beating between additions.
  6. Stir the dry ingredients into the mixture then add the oats, raisins and chocolate chips.
  7. Roll two-inch portions of dough into a ball.  I use a two tablespoon-sized ice cream scoop to make the job much easier.
  8. Place the balls on a baking sheet about two inches apart and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20 minutes.  I use the convection feature of my oven so it may take up to 22-23 minutes otherwise.  Make sure to rotate the baking pans top to bottom, front to back during the baking period.
  9. Take the cookies out of the oven and cool them on a wire rack before serving.

 

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Comments

  1. Oooh these look wonderful! I don’t think I’ve actually tried cookies with both raisins and chocolate chips, but I am very tempted now!

  2. Happy New Year, Jean! Wishing you the best 2012 has to offer! My mom used to give me a blank journal every year when I was younger, and I kept diaries during that time! When she stopped buying me journals, I stopped keeping a diary, too.

    The cookies look wonderful, and I bet they are yummy indeed ;-). Thanks for sharing!

  3. Happy New year!! I think writing in a journal is a good thing if you can find the time to do it. I think that being able to put your thoughts down on paper almost is a way of healing wounds or just getting things off your chest.

    These cookies look amazing…nicely done and your photos are gorgeous!

  4. Hi there.. new to your blog and I love it!! Even the name speaks to me.. two of my FAVORITE ingredients :)

    Great pics… looking forward to seeing more!! Your cookies look delish – O.R. cookies are the best!

  5. YUMMY! Love your food photos ;) xo

    ~Melissa
    http://www.ChinDeep.com

  6. I love raisins and chocolate chips combined in a cookie.

  7. You crack me up with your very honest assessment of your healthier oatmeal cookies!
    I love oatmeal cookies with raisins, probably my favorite cookie!
    Welcome home, what a glorious vacation, I’m so happy for you guys;-)
    Good luck with your new year’s resolution and would love to see your baseball cap collection, I have a few for walking and golf myself- it’s not easy to find ones you love with a good fit!

    • Hi Patty! I am an unlikely collector of baseball caps but they are a fun reminder of where I’ve been. Plus, they’re great for running. Oh, and I agree that it’s hard to find good ones that fit!

  8. Happy New Year! A journal is such a great thing to do…I have never been very good at that but perhaps I should start. Your cookies look fantastic, and a lovely combination :)

  9. I want to bring them back in my life too. Even as a kid when given the choice of raisin or chocolate I chose raisins. So these were a favorite. GREG

  10. These cookies could create peace in my house…maybe. My moms favorite is oatmeal raisin, so of course my dad’s favorite is oatmeal chocolate chip. Normally I split a batch of dough and do both, but maybe they’ll like them together.

  11. Happy new year!! I’d really love to get better at journailing…but I always find an excuse not to do it. UGh hate that!! But I would have no excuse on why to not eat these cookies! Oatmeal raisin is my favorite and these look devine!

  12. Oh, gosh, I could just eat this dough by the spoonful! And I know I’d love them baked, too!!! YUM!

  13. I love oatmeal raisin cookies. adding chocolate chips just makes it perfect. Your pictures are lovely.

  14. So glad you’re back to baking and getting back in the swing of things. These cookies look so good and plump!

    Sigh, to be away is heavenly, but then to tackle all the work getting back settled in is tough, too. Love your return to journaling…I pulled out my old grade school journals a few weeks ago, and it was a hoot! Good luck!

  15. Sounds like you had a nice chance to unwind on your trip, 11 days at the beach sounds heavenly!

  16. Welcome back! Your Maui pictures were AMAZING! Hope you are back in regular routine – mine is not really yet, but hopefully next week we can have more regular routine. Your cookies look delicious. I’ve never tried with raisins and oatmeal with chocolate chip. I love oatmeal in the cookies!

  17. This cookies look so good and I love the fact that they have chocolate in them. I’ll need to try this recipe soon!

  18. One of my all-time favorite cookies. So good

  19. Ooh. Yumm. One of my favorite kind of cookies. You are just loaded with scrumptious recipes. What a way to celebrate coming home from vacation.

  20. I have been thinking of baking some cookies for my kids (and for myself too!) and this one seems to be a good one. I wouldn’t have discovered your wonderful blog if you didn’t pass by mine. Thanks Jean! Will be following you!

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