One of my bucket list items/goals this year is to try to bake a variety of different cookies. The first cookies I’ve baked this year are these oatmeal raisin cookies. I got the recipe out of Pillsbury’s Best Cookies Cookbook (page 45, for those interested).
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats (I used old fashioned- they were a suggested substitute for chewier cookies)
- 1/2 cup raisins (I used more; I like lots of raisins)
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I didn’t use any because of orthodontic treatment in my family)
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. (It was actually really cool how the oven finished preheating right as I finished mixing the dough). Grease cookie sheets (yes, definitely do this…and with a lot of oil, don’t just use the butter wrapper). In large bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar, and margarine; beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg; blend well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Stir in oats, raisins and nuts. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 7 to 10 minutes (it takes closer to 10) or until the edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets.
My cookies turned out quite flat….but then I remembered that I was going to put in 1/4 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour instead of 3/4 cup all-purpose flour…and I forgot to put in the 1/4 cup whole wheat flour.
The cookies were really good, but a tad sweet (maybe also because I forgot to put in enough flour?) The recipe made about 2 dozen cookies plus a super-sized cookie (which I made because I was too lazy to make little pieces of dough).
All in all, I think it is a wonderful recipe. If I make it again, I’m going to use less sugar and use the right amount of flour. ☺ I might even use it for a cookie basket item in the county fair, which is coming up!