Saturday, September 6, 2008

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Hanna woke me up at 3am this morning. No, Hanna is not my child; Hanna is a storm making its way up the East Coast. At 3am the rain was pouring down buckets. Big sheets of fat raindrops banging against the top of the air conditioner, smashing against the bedroom windows, pounding down on my roof. I tried to roll over, and just ignore it but I couldn’t. So I was up and on the couch where it was a little bit quieter.

Last night we made sure everything in the yard was secure and tied or bolted down. By tonight we should have some really strong winds and lots of rain. My garage will flood. My basement will flood. We know this for a fact and are prepared with pumps at the ready. Everything is moved up off the floor and every yard ornament is nestled in my shed. Not fun.

By 7am I had a brisket in the crock-pot. There will be no cooking the meat in the smoker today. With the possibility that we will lose power I thought I’d better whip up a few goodies while I still had electricity.

I went blog searching for some chewy oatmeal raisin cookies. They are John’s favorites. I came across
Andrea's Recipes. Her recipe looked really good. It was adapted from an America’s Test Kitchen recipe. I know BOO, HISS! The ATK people haven’t been very gracious with bloggers posting their recipe so I decided, what the heck….I’m posting Andrea’s version, which is no longer an ATK recipe, so there Mr. Bow Tie. Sue me.

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Printable recipe
1 ½ cups unbleached all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg (or ½ teaspoon cinnamon – I used both!)
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 ½ cups raisins

Preheat the oven to 325.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg/cinnamon.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the butter and sugars on medium speed until it’s light and fluffy (about 5 minutes).

Add the eggs one at a time, mixing 30 seconds after each one. Slowly add the flour mixture on low speed and mix until just combined.

Stir in oats and raisins gently until just combined. Make sure the oats are even distributed throughout the dough; otherwise you will have clumps of oats. Phooey!

Scoop a ball of dough and roll it in your hands, then drop it on a baking sheet 2 inches apart. I covered mine with parchment. Dampen your fingers with water and lightly press down on the top of each dough ball to flatten it slightly.

Bake for 22 to 25 minutes. The cookies should be golden on the edges, but the center should be soft and puffy. Allow cookies to cool on pan 10 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool.
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