Soft, Chewy, Truly Delectable <br />Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Who loves soft and chewy cookies?

This girl.

Who also loves a bit knowledge tossed into your day?

This girl.

So folks I’m just going to have to do it - here’s your “it’s a little known fact” moment of the day:

The second most popular cookie in the U.S. Oatmeal Raisins Cookies have a long history that starts in Scotland. Around 1,000 B.C. the Scots started harvesting oats and using them in oatcakes a type of flatbread that is cooked in a griddle. These oatcakes didn’t morph into cookies until the 19th century when Fannie Merritt Farmer penned "Cape Code Oatmeal Cookies" in her cookbook the Boston Cooking School Cookbook published in 1896. These tasty treats quickly began popular being described as health food and by the early 1900’s were featured on every box of Quaker Oats.

There’s just something about a oatmeal raisin cookie that warms your heart maybe its the oats or maybe its the rum? I don’t know but I can tell you one thing these cookies are soft, chewy and completely delectable. I have tried a lot of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies recipe some successes, some not which is how I landed here. A blending of the successes and failures with some Ashley extras for in my opinion one of the best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies you will ever make. So grab a fresh mug of coffee, bake these babies up and sit down to enjoy these delectable cookies.

Here's how the baking went down...

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Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 2 TBSP Dark Rum
  • 1 Stick of Unsalted Butter Softened
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Brown Sugar (I use light brown)
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 TSP Molasses *
  • 1 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 TSP Baking Powder
  • 3/4 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 1 TSP Cinnamon
  • 3/4 TSP Ground Ginger
  • 1 1/2 Cup Oatmeal

*Lightly mist the measuring cup with oil that you are using to measure the molasses. This just makes life easier.

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The Process

Step 1

Put the raisins in a shallow bowl and pour the rum over them. Mix them up to make sure each raisin gets some of that rummy goodness. I recommend using a good dark rum what I'm using at the moment is Brinley Gold Shipwreck Vanilla Rum. 

Preheat your oven to 350°F. 

Using a stand or hand mixer cream together the butter and sugars on medium speed. Once the mixture is light and creamy add the the egg and mix it in throughly. Then pour in the molasses and mix it in throughly.

Step 2

Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and oatmeal, mixing it up throughly. Turn off the mixer and fold in the raisins and any rum that the raisins didn’t soak up.

Step 3

Cover your baking sheet in parchment paper or lightly grease it. Drop the dough on the baking sheet in heaping tablespoons or use a cookie scoop.

Step 4

Bake 8-10 minutes until they are starting to turn brown on the edges. Take out and let cool on the baking sheet for a minute or two then move to a cooling rack.

Step 5

Eat one for a taste test then spend the rest of the afternoon fighting the urge to eat the rest of batch...

Soft, Chewy, Truly Delectable Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Cookingwiththebirds.com

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