Saturday, July 25, 2009

[Cookie 029] Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Okay, so as of late I've been making more "unusual" types of cookies: ones that resemble onion rings, ones that (vaguely) resemble Griffendor scarves, ones that use fresh garden herbs...fancy stuff. And after all this, I had begun to crave for a more traditional cookie--a drop cookie, with your standard cookie ingredients, and yet one that would still stand out. One that you can curl up with on a cold, windy night; one that will be there for you in your darkest hour, when everyone else in your life has deserted you--okay, maybe that's a bit much, but you get my drift.

Generally I save the easiest recipes with the most fundamental ingredients for when I'm off at school (considering my budget is significantly tighter, and my overall cooking arrangement much less...enhanced. Meaning I lack: a Viking stove, KitchenAid, any spice other than cinnamon, you know). But when your stomach wants an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, you simply cannot deny it this simple right.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough

So one morning I woke up knowing that that day would be the day. The Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Day that my heart so pined for. But with a twist: I chose to add the remainder of dried cherries from the Striped Icebox Cookies into the batter, along with the raisins. I must say, I deserve a pat on the back for this ingenious idea (okay, it was Martha's idea, whatevvvver) because the sourness of the cherries is exactly what this usually sweet cookie needs. And because I only added about 1/3 of a cup of cherries, you only got a bite of cherry every now and then, so it was like a nice little surprise.

Wheat Germ!

The recipe as a whole, once again, proves Martha's ability to provide a perfect recipe for a classic cookie. But instead of producing a boring, chewy cookie without much kick, the inclusion of toasted wheat germ lends the cookie a nice crunchy bite and great texture. Although the cookies are listed in the "soft and chewy" category, you are supposed to press down the balls of dough a bit on the cookie sheet, and so they spread out thin and get a little crispy--which I really loved.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

My parents loved the cookies, as did I, and we all agreed that the dried cherries really really helped, so if you have some on hand I definitely encourage you to throw them in. But if you don't, the cookie is still fantastic, and I see no reason in using any other Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe. Okay, I'll leave you with the recipe now...

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin (and cherry!) Cookies
Makes about 5 dozen

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins (if you add cherries as well, make sure that the total amount of dried fruits is still 1 1/2 cups!)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together oats, flour, wheat germ, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl; set aside. Put butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add oat mixture; mix until just combined. Mix in raisins.
  2. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly.
  3. Bake until golden and just set, about 14 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks using a spatula; let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.

{End Results}
Baking Difficultly: 1/5
Ingredient Accessibility: 3.5/5
Tastiness: 4.5/5 (Perfect! Crispy and chewy...very nice)
Attractiveness: 2.5/5
Is it worth it?: If you want an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, look no further. This is it.

Drink: Orange Juice (I dunno why I think this sounds like a good idea...maybe I'm nuts)
Song: Old School (feat. Talib Kweli) -- Danger Doom
Activity: Watching cartoons on a Saturday morning


Martht said...

Loved reading your post. I too crave classic oatmeal cookies from time to time and don't rest until satisfied.

I made this cookie earlier this year (without the cherries) and thought it one of the best oatmeal raisin cookies ever and attributed the difference to the wheat germ.

They may not be a pretty cookie, but they are sure hard to beat.

Kim said...

I've been craving oatmeal raisin cookies, love the addition of the cherries. Great pics.

Niche Topics said...

Thanks for sharing! Looks sooo good :)

Donna-FFW said...

Sound wonderful, love the addition of the wheat germ. Ill have 3, please.

Patricia Scarpin said...

I love oatmeal cookies but haven't baked as many recipes as I'd like to - I still have some dried cherries (a gift from an American blogger friend, since I can't find them here) and these look like the perfect way to use them!