“How to Make Oatmeal Cookies”
How to make oatmeal cookies is easy! The difference between great cookies and marginal cookies is in the details. These are the best chewy oatmeal cookies and have both walnuts and raisins in them. You can exclude either of them, but your result will suffer. Walnuts add a bit of crunch and volume while raisins add moisture and sweetness.
The use of Organic ingredients will be noticeable in the taste and aroma. Once you try this recipe never you will never again ask or search for how to make oatmeal cookies!
- 1 cup Organic Dark Raisins (preferably Thompson Seedless)
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup Organic Unsated Softened Butter (room temperature)
- 1-1/2 cups Organic White Sugar
- 2 extra large eggs (farm fresh if possible)
- 1 teaspoon Organic Vanilla Extract (not imitation extract!!!)
- 2-1/2 cups Organic All Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda ****
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder ****
- 1 teaspoon Salt (if using salted butter reduce salt to 1/4 teaspoon)
- 1 teaspoon Organic Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon Organic Ground Cloves
- 3/4 teaspoon Organic freshly Grated Nutmeg (buy whole nuts and grate)
- 2 cups Rolled Oats
- 1/2 cup chopped Organic Walnuts
**** This recipe uses both Baking Soda & Baking Powder. They are not the same ingredient!
Place raisins in sauce pan with 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Turn heat to simmer and cover pan with lid. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
Strain raisins from liquid reserving 1/2 cup of liquid.
Preheat oven to 400 °F.
Using an electric mixer add butter, sugar, and vanilla to mixing bowl. Mix on the lowest setting for 20 seconds. Add eggs one at a time mixing 20-30 seconds between each egg. Once ingredients are incorporated turn mixer to high and cream ingredients for 3 minutes.
Turn mixer to low and slowly add the reserve liquid. Continue mixing for 30-40 seconds on low. Let this butter mixture sit while you ready the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl add only these ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. With a fork or spoon mix up these ingredients.
If using a pedestal type mixer, remove mixing bowl from mixer. All mixing from this point will be by hand. Add a cup of flour mixture to creamed butter mixture. Mix flour into butter mixture. Keeping adding flour mixture a cup at a time until all the flour is incorporated into the butter mixture.
Add the oatmeal and mix by hand until the oatmeal is all coated with the cookie dough.
Add walnuts and stir.
Add raisins and stir.
Drop by rounded teaspoon onto an ungreased baking sheet spacing them about two inches apart.
Bake about 8 minutes until light brown around the edges. Depending on your oven the time will vary. For the best chewy oatmeal cookies you want the middle of the cookies to be whitish, not brown, when you take them out of the oven.
Immediately remove cookies from the cookie sheet to a cooling rack.
How to make oatmeal cookies is easy, but the difference between marginal cookies and great cookies is your ability to follow directions. Every step above is specified for a reason. I did not go into every reason, but trust me the steps above are purposely laid out.
For the best chewy oatmeal cookies give this recipe a try!
I love taking a plate of warm cookies out on the deck with a cup of cappuccino to sit and listen to the birds at the feeders and birdbaths. How relaxing does that sound?