Monday, November 16, 2009

Quaker's Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Under the heading of Cookies to Crave, this one is high on my list. It's a warm, bendy, chewy oatmeal cookie with raisins. There's just enough spice to make it interesting. I made these recently and actually grabbed them for breakfast on-the-go when I realized how "not bad" they are! Quaker is famous for its oatmeal and also for its oatmeal cookie recipe. I remember baking these years ago, when my kids were little. My then-husband called and I told him we were baking cookies. Its embarrassing to admit that they flew off the plate so quickly that I had to make a second batch before he got home from work, just so he wouldn't know we ate all of them! And I wonder why that marriage didn't last!

Quaker's Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


* 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened

* 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

* 1/2 cup granulated sugar

* 2 eggs

* 1 teaspoon vanilla

* 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

* 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

* 3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)

* 1 cup raisins


Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

* Prep Time: 20 min * Cook Time Time: 08 min

Bar Cookies: Press dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered. 24 BARS. VARIATIONS: Stir in 1 cup chopped nuts. Substitute 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or candy-coated chocolate pieces for raisins; omit cinnamon. Substitute 1 cup diced dried mixed fruit.

HIGH ALTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: Increase flour to 1-3/4 cups and bake as directed.Nutrition

* Serving Size: 1 cookie

* Calories: 100

* Calories from Fat: 35

* Total Fat: 4

* Saturated Fat: 2

* Cholesterol: 20

* Sodium: 55

* Total Carbohydrate: 14

* Dietary Fiber: 1

* Sugars: 7

* Protein: 1

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