Saturday, May 31, 2014

Perfect Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

My mother always made huge batches of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies when I was little. She'd make quadruple this recipe. Now you're wondering why this post is on oatmeal raisin cookies when I am remembering oatmeal chocolate chip cookies: my husband likes regular cookies to have chocolate chips and his oatmeal cookies to have raisins in them. He has an explanation about textures: oatmeal cookies are chewy just like raisins, while chocolate chip cookies are smooth just like cookies without oatmeal.
Personally, I love these cookies with either chocolate chips or raisins. It's an old family recipe.


1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening or margarine (my mom often used milk-free margarine)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
1 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup raisins or chocolate chips


1) Preheat oven to 350 F.

2) In a large bowl using electric beaters, cream together sugars and shortening. Beat in egg, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Beat in flour.

3) Using a wooden spoon, stir in oatmeal and raisins or chocolate chips. Form into balls of 1 1/2 tablespoons each (a small cookie scoop). Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 8-12 minutes or until the entire tops look just cooked through and light brown.

What recipes do you remember from when you were a kid? Do you make any of those now? I'd love to hear about your food memories.
The best family memories always seem to involve food!

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