Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
When you think of sweets as comfort foods, what comes to mind?  Do you have a favorite cookie, cake or brownie?  When you stop by your favorite bakery do you choose a complex sweet or do you stick with a basic favorite?  For me, a chocolate chip cookie speaks comfort, but for my husband and oldest son the favorite sweet is an oatmeal raisin cookie. 

Today's oatmeal raisin cookie recipe is in honor of them and the fact that my son reminded me I haven't made an oatmeal raisin cookie in what seems like decades.  That's an exageration, of course, but it has been much too long since I made these cookies.  I usually make the always reliable Quaker Oats recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies, but today I wanted to try incorporating applesauce in my cookie. This recipe results in a domed, drop cookie with a cake-like texture, not a crisp, chewy oatmeal cookie.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Makes 40 cookies
123 calories per cookie

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ingredients
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 cups oatmeal

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  In a medium bowl mix together the flour, salt, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and baking soda.  Set aside.  In the bowl of your stand mixer cream together the shortening and sugars.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each to combine.  Stir in the vanilla.  Add the applesauce, oatmeal and raisins, mixing just to combine.

Don't Over Mix the Batter
Using a small cookie scoop, or a spoon, scoop the batter onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.  I like to use a cookie scoop to get consistently sized cookies.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

Scoop the Batter for Consistent Cookies
Enjoy these oatmeal raisin cookies with a glass of milk or cup of tea.  They freeze well and would be perfect packed in lunch bags as a mid-day treat.  You can get the printable Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe by clicking the link.
The Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Enjoy!  At 123 calories each you can have one or two...

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