College Basketball and Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!
It is Saturday and it is raining here in Florida.
Yep, a perfect day for one of my favorite cookies to pop in and out of the oven, sending the wonderful smell of fresh baked cookies throughout the house.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies…ok, I must confess that any day is a “perfect day for homemade cookies”… 🙂
AND…the Kansas Jayhawks play basketball this afternoon and what better snack than a chewy oatmeal cookie and a cup of hot tea?
This recipe came from my cousin…”Charly”.
One day, about 40 years ago….Wow!, that makes me seem really old!
Anyway, one day, several years ago :)…..I was visiting my cousin “Charly” ….as our two toddlers were about the same age and liked to play together.
So while the little ones were playing in the front yard (we say garden these days), “Charly” and I were sipping on sweet iced tea and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that she had just made.
Yes, years ago I drank sweet tea, although if I took a sip these days…I would probably choke!
Just too sweet! I like a refreshing glass of unsweetened Iced tea when it comes to beverages.
However, I absolutely love the sweetness of the plump raisins in these moist, chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.
I also like the chewy cookie, and so I asked Charly how she got them so chewy.
Charly told me she used butter in place of shortening and she melted the butter.
Well, I just had to have the recipe so she wrote the recipe on a piece of notepaper and I still have that notepaper recipe to this day.
It is a bit tattered and worn from the many times of folding and refolding and placing in my recipe box.
I make these cookies when I get a hankerin’ for a chewy cookie, particularly…oatmeal raisin chewy cookies.
AND….they make a great snack while watching your favorite team play college basketball.
Did I mention that the Kansas Jayhawks, who have lost 3 games this season…:( are playing the Texas Longhorns this afternoon, on CBS?
Yep, right after the Kentucky Wildcats, (who remain unbeaten)…play the South Carolina Gamecocks on ESPN.
My friend, Winnie Wildcat is watching that game right this minute…I am sure.
We have a friendly rivalry with our two teams.
KU…….UK………blue and white….sorta the same, right?
I will be a bit more energetic in my arm chair cheering (if that is possible)… because I will be eating these delicious oatmeal raisin cookies….;)
Tell me dear readers, do you have a favorite oatmeal raisin cookie recipe?
Rock Chalk Jayhawk! KU!!!
- 2 cups of flour (all purpose)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 3/4 of a cup pre-melted butter
- 1 cup of packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of white sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 1/2 cups of old-fashioned oats (do not use quick oats)
- 1 cup of raisins
- 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
- Melt the butter for about 10 seconds in your microwave....each microwave is different, so adjust for yours OR melt in a small pan on the stove.
- In a large measuring cup (or small bowl), combine the dry ingredients, the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well
- Add in the cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, egg, and egg yolk
- Next add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and mix until blended (do not over mix).
- Blend in the oats, nuts, and raisins.
- Using an ice cream scoop or tablespoon, drop the dough (about 1/4 cup each) onto parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes. Please keep watching the cookies as they bake as you do not want to over bake or the cookies will be hard as rocks.:(
- The edges of the cookies should look brown and the centers should look slightly unbaked.
- Remove the cookie sheet and let the cookies cool for a couple of minutes on the cookie sheet before removing them to a cookie rack. If you remove the cookies too soon...your cookie could either stick to the sheet or crumble. Also remember that your cookies will continue to bake after removing from the oven ...so don't worry about the center not being baked.
- I like to use parchment paper to line the bottom of my cookie sheets...it makes for a more evenly baked cookie.
- Do not bake in too hot of an oven or the cookies will spread more and be too done.
- Do not pack down the flour...If you want a chewy cookie, carefully ladle or spoon the flour into the measuring cup..do not level off with a knife. Think light and fluffy. 🙂
- You could use pecans or any of your favorite nuts. 🙂 Variety is the spice of life.