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Oatmeal-Chocolate-Covered Raisin CookiesLast week (March 19th apparently) was National Oatmeal Cookie Day. Personally, I think all this “National Day of Such-and-Such” business is pretty silly (and furthermore, I strongly suspect that such days are merely invented by creative PR agents in order to promote their companies’ products); however, there was a lot of chatter about it on Twitter, naturally, and I got involved in a discussion about the problem of raisins masquerading as chocolate chips in oatmeal cookies.

Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate-Covered RaisinsI think my stance was probably rather unique, because my viewpoint is that raisins, not chocolate chips, are the proper ingredient for oatmeal cookies; yet my mother always made hers with chocolate chips, and I actually like them best without either—just oats and walnuts for me, please.

However, when someone mentioned the disappointment of biting into a oatmeal cookie under the misapprehension that the dark pieces were chocolate chips, only to find out they were raisins, I jokingly replied: “But what if they were chocolate-covered raisins?”

Raisins Masquerading as ChocolateAnd hence, this recipe.

A Tray of Chocolate-Covered Raisin Oatmeal CookiesI only wish I baked on impulse more often. And I wonder . . . when is National Chocolate-Covered Raisin Day?

lavenderandlovage_teatimeI’m submitting these cookies to Tea Time Treats, which is run by Karen of Lavender and Lovage and Jane of The Hedgecombers. Jane is hosting this month, and the theme is Biscuits and Cookies.

CookBlogShareBake-of-the-weekI am also linking up with Supergolden Bakes #CookBlogShare and Casa Costello’s Bake of the Week.

Chocolate-Covered Raisin Oatmeal CookiesChocolate-Covered Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

¼ cup light brown sugar

¼ cup caster sugar

¼ cup molasses (dark brown) sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon oil

½ cup all-purpose flour

¾ teaspoon baking soda

¾ cup old-fashioned rolled oats

¾ cup quick oats (not instant)

One 200 g. bag chocolate-covered raisins (try to find dark chocolate ones!)

Technique:

  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until fluffy.
  3. Beat in the vanilla, water, and oil. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Stir in the flour and baking soda and mix until the dough is smooth.
  5. Add the two kinds of oats and the chocolate-covered raisins and stir to distribute throughout the cookie dough.
  6. Shape heaping tablespoons of the dough into balls and place on ungreased baking sheets.
  7. Use your fingertips to flatten each ball of dough slightly and then bake until the cookies are set around the edges, 10 to 13 minutes.
  8. Cool on trays for a few minutes and then remove to a wire rack.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

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