Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Oatmeal Oatmeal Oatmeal......(Yes, I just heard you sigh!!!)

If you have followed this blog long enough you may have caught on to one of my favorite things.....Oatmeal!

I eat it for breakfast every day and love finding a way to add it to anything I can. If you remember back to the post about the visit to the Country Store....on that trip I purchased almost 6 lbs of Oatmeal that day. My mother couldn't believe it but to her surprise I used it all up in less than two months. Crazy huh?! Now you know why I call it one of my favorite things.

I can hear you sigh right now and think I must be the only one with this love...ha ha! Yes, I know others do not have this affection for such a grain so I will stick to the classics in sharing a recipe with you. I will avoid my desire to share all of the versions of oatmeal I make on a regular basis through this blog (I think I just heard someone cheer!!! lol). Instead, I will share with you my all-time favorite cookie recipe containing oatmeal.

Every time these are baking it just makes me happy. As the title states, this is the "best" Oatmeal Cookie recipe I have ever come across - Soft and Chewy. This reason - the raisins are soaked in egg and vanilla until soft.....(This is the secret....just don't tell..lol) I will warn you this recipe makes 6 Dozen....so feel free to cut in half. If you don't want to adhere to this warning....I hope you share or you will find yourself eating them all yourself!!!

The "Best" Oatmeal Cookies
adapted from Colorado Cache Cookbook

3 Eggs, well beaten
1 C Raisins
2 Tsp Vanilla
1 C Unsalted Butter
1 C Brown Sugar, packed
1 C White Sugar
2 1/2 C Unbleached Flour
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Allspice
2 Tsp Baking Soda
2 C Oatmeal

Combine eggs, raisins and vanilla in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Cream together butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Add flour, salt, cinnamon, allspice and soda to sugar mixture until combined. Add in egg-raisin mixture and oatmeal. Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden.

What are your favorite things to add to Oatmeal Raisin Cookies????

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