Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Favorite Raisin Oatmeal Cookies


I have been craving raisin oatmeal cookies for quite a while. Now that my oven is finally fixed, we decided to make some as a family last night to send to our great grandpa for his birthday. He loves cookies and at 94, I think he is possibly entitled to as many cookies as he would like!

While I've tried several other recipes, this is my favorite. It comes from the Sunmaid Raisins website with a few of my own tweaks.

1 1/2 c. softened butter
2 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
2 large eggs
2 t. vanilla
2 1/4 c. flour
2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. cardamom
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
6 c. oatmeal
2 c. raisins
2 c. chopped nuts (optional)

Cream butter, sugars, milk, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy.

Combine flour, spices, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix well.

Stir in oats, raisins, and nuts.

Drop by tablespoons onto greased cookie sheets.

Bake 12-15 mintues.

To keep these soft and moist rather than hard and crunchy, take them out just before they are done. Remove from cookie sheets as soon as they come out of the oven. Cool on racks - they will firm up as they cool.

Store in airtight container along with a slice of bread. The bread will keep them soft and moist.
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