So, I have a few containers of Quaker’s old fashion oats in my pantry. Also, it has been raining all evening. What is more cozy than good old fashion oatmeal raisins cookie. It also happens to be my coworkers favorite kind. I have never liked oatmeal raisin cookies but that was before I had a chewy soft kind. The ones from the store are hard and dry (and overly sweet). This recipe is similar to my favorite chocolate chip cookie but maybe slightly healthier. Hey, it has oats and raisins! I topped each cookie with a few chocolate chip before baking them. I needed my chocolate fix. After all, the chocolate chip is like the red cherry on top of any great dessert.
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup butter, melted (1½ sticks)
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
1 heaping cup raisins
½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Your cookies turn out so much better with parchment paper. Believe me! Buy some!
Melt butter and let cool slightly.
Mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the cinnamon, vanilla, egg, and egg yolk for 2-3 minutes until light and creamy. Mix in the flour mixture until just blended. Add the oats, nuts, and raisins. Mix until just blended.
Place 1/4 cup balls of dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 14-16 minutes. Do not over bake. The edges should look brown and the centers still slightly soft. Let the cookies rest on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.