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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: Oatmeal Raisin Health Food

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Oatmeal Raisin Health Food

After a lovely weekend in Philadelphia, the time eventually came to go home.  We had a lot of fun and I hope to be able to share some of our experiences with you here.  

However, one can only stand so much holiday fun, especially on the weekend before Christmas when approximately a million things need to be done. 

This afternoon, I'm finally baking my oatmeal raisin cookies.  I'm really warming up to good old oatmeal raisin - they may not be as sexy as , say, chocolate chip.  And they're not as "oooh, ahhh" as peanut butter cup cookies, either.

But they have something going for them that neither of the other two have.  Namely, the fact that oatmeal is totally awesome for you.  So these are, in fact, health food.  

You heard it here, folks.  Bake 'em up, eat 'em up.  Your body will be so busy thanking you for filling it with oatmeal (not to mention raisins and cinnamon, which are also completely good for you) that it won't even notice that it's processing butter and sugar as well.

Trust me.

Incidentally, this dough was frozen into individual cookie portions in advance, then just plopped on to the cookie sheet and baked.  

And they turned out just perfect! Crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle.  Sweet, rich and buttery.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

3/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cup of rolled oats (not instant!)
1 cup raisins

Cream together butter and both sugars.  Add eggs and mix to incorporate.

In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Add to butter mixture and mix thoroughly.  Add oats and raisins and stir to combine.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Makes 4 dozen.

OR, place dough on sheet as if to bake, but place in freezer instead. Once dough balls are frozen, store in an airtight container.  When ready to bake, place dough on sheet and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Delicious! I'm off to ingest some more health food now...

So, how is YOUR cookie baking going?

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Blogger Real Life Reslers said...

I for one, think oatmeal is totally sexy. Looks super yummy thanks for sharing the recipe!

December 19, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Anonymous redkathy said...

Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites and these look sooooo good. Chewy is a must for cookies in my book. I think that cookie baking will be next on my must improve baking skills agenda! BTW- was born and raised in the philly burbs.

December 19, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Blogger Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

YUM! These look yummy!

December 20, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Blogger Shell said...

I love oatmeal raisin!

I'm baking cookies later today. Ricotta cheese cookies.

December 20, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Blogger Brian + Cheryl B. said...

Hi Jen :-) Have you ever tried using butterscotch chips instead of the raisins? I should warn you, they are addictive!!! o;-p

December 20, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Blogger Classy Career Girl said...

Yummy! Thanks for the recipe! I am a new follower!

December 29, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Blogger natasha said...

These look delicious!!! I think I officially have a craving! Thanks for sharing! :)


January 11, 2011 at 4:17 PM


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