Recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

My dad came to visit us for the weekend. It was a quick trip, but we had a great time. We went to the farmer’s market at Pioneer Park, did a lot of yard work-my dad was a huge help, and then he treated us to a nice dinner at Cafe Molise. We also went to my sister’s and hung out with my niece and nephew. They get cuter by the minute.

My dad loves raisins. He can’t go a day without them. I wanted to make him a special treat, so I baked a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies.

These cookies won’t win an award for “most attractive” or “best presentation,” but they are down right delicious. The cookies are soft and chewy with a nice cinnamon spice background. The plump raisins added sweetness to these wholesome cookies. My dad loved them, I am glad I added in extra raisins. They turned out great!

I think I may of cheated this weekend, but not on purpose. My dad LOVES spoiling his girls. While he was here he bought us groceries and took us out to dinner. I promise I didn’t ask him to and this isn’t unusual. My dad enjoys spoiling us while he is in town.

So I don’t really know how to count my food budget total. I still have only spent $8.28 of our own money, but we do have a fridge that is full of fresh produce and we enjoyed a nice Italian meal out. Again, I promise I didn’t beg my dad to buy our groceries, that is just something he does. He is the best. So if anyone wants to kick me out of the challenge let me know:)

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

(Printable Recipe)
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Freshly grated nutmeg-just a bit
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
  • 3/4-1 cup of raisins

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a small bowl add the raisins and cover with water. Let them sit for five minutes. This will help plump them up.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth and creamy. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture. Blend until combined. Stir in the oats and raisins.

Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. You can bake them right away, but I prefer to chill the dough. I think it helps them bake up and not be so flat.

When you are ready to bake, spoon about a tablespoon of dough into a round ball, leaving space between each cookie. They will spread a little. Bake them for 10 to 12 minutes. Take them out when they are golden at the edges but still a little under baked in the middle. Let them sit on the hot baking sheet for five minutes before transferring them to cooling rack.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. My hubs adores oatmeal raisin cookies. Personally, I am more of an oatmeal chocolate chip kind of gal… ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. You always make a really mean oatmeal cookie, Maria. There's no surprise as to why your Dad loves them. They are one of my favorite too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nice job on your food budget. You both are doing great on cutting and keeping costs down.

  3. Cheater! :)Just kidding! My Mom is like that. I'll go visit her and she'll send me home with bags of groceries. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sounds like you have some AWESOME weekend plans! What are you guys making for your bbqs?? Since Josh will be away at a bachelor party, I am going to be doing some serious relaxing hehe. I plan on reading, hopefully going to the beach (if its nice) and hanging out with my mom/aunt and a few friends ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. You saved me tonight! Hubby wanted oatmeal choc. chip cookies, and I have lost my recipe! So, I went on a search of favorite food blogs and found this recipe. They were DIVINE! Instead of raisins, I used choc. chips and coconut. Yum! Thank you!

  6. Hi! These came out wonderful except that the eggs aren’t in the recipe part! so unless you read on to the mixing directions (which I NEVER do, because I am lazy)n you may forget the Egg!! which I did! Either way, they got eaten ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the raisins in the water idea! YUMMY!!

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