Mrs. F’s Chewy OATMEAL Raisin Cookies



Mrs. F’s Chewy OATMEAL Raisin Cookies

Mrs. F’s Chewy OATMEAL Raisin Cookies

2 ¼ cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 ¼ cups brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon water
1 ½ cup oatmeal (lightly toasted is preferred)
2 cups premium raisins

Stir together flour, soda and salt. Cream butter with sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla and water. Slowly beat in flour mixture. Stir in oatmeal and raisins.

Press into average-size ice cream scoop or ¼-cup measure and drop onto ungreased parchment or foil-lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. (Chilling dough 2 hours first makes this easier and produces a thicker, creamier cookie). Lightly press down with fork into 3-inch circles. Bake at 350-degress 12 minutes or until top is slightly set and not wet. Do not overbake. Carefully transfer to baking racks. Cool.

Store in airtight containers with slice of bread (change every 2 days) or freeze up to one month.

Makes 2 ½ dozen cookies.

Chocolate chip COOKIES: in place of oatmeal and raisins, add 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts and 3 c chocolate chips

COCONUT-MACADEMIA COOKIES: In place of oatmeal and raisings, use 2 cups shredded coconut and 1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts.

DUAL TEXTURE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES: Prepare dough without oatmeal and raisins. Stir 1 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter into dough. Remove 1/3 portion of batter and mix in 1/3 cup corn syrup and ¼ teaspoon baking powder to make a oft dough. Shape each dough portion into a log, with corn syrup log slightly narrower in diameter and half the length of other log. Wrap each in foil and freeze until firm enough to slice, about 1 hour. Cut into think slices. Sandwich each slice of corn syrup dough in between 2 slices of plain dough on parchment or foil-lined ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees 8 – 10 minutes or until just set. Let stand 1 minute on baking sheet, then move to cooling racks. Makes about 4 dozen.