Oatmeal raisin cookies are a basic within the pantheon of desserts, so I used to be shocked to find that The Washington Put up didn’t have a recipe in our database for this scrumptious however divisive dessert.

I’ve been a fan of oatmeal raisin cookies for so long as I can keep in mind, but it surely appears my admiration shouldn’t be shared by all, due to a polarizing key ingredient — raisins. “Mealy,” “cloying sweetness” and “they’re eww” are simply a few of the responses I received to a casual Twitter ballot asking why folks dislike them. Setting “eww” apart, this recipe does deal with raisins’ texture and sweetness.

Author and cookbook writer Charlotte Druckman prompt soaking the raisins to sort out the feel drawback, and I fairly loved the plump, softened fruit suspended among the many oats. This recipe requires a fast plump on the range with simply water, however whiskey, spiced rum and/or the addition of cinnamon sticks, star anise or cloves to the pot can be good taste enhancers. And for individuals who assume raisins have a “cloying sweetness,” the cookie batter itself shouldn’t be very candy, so the sugar from the fruit is required to stability it.

Relating to the cookie’s different integral ingredient, old school rolled oats are optimum for his or her chew. I experimented with toasting them for a nuttier, extra strong oat taste, which I loved, however doing so led to a thinner cookie than desired, because the toasted oats absorbed much less of the moisture within the cookie batter. Quite a few recipes additionally name for grinding the oats in a meals processor to make oat flour, however as somebody who prefers extra streamlined recipes, I made a decision that will be a step too far.

As for the scale and form of those cookies, the temperature of the cookie dough is vital. Refrigerate it for no less than half-hour and as much as in a single day earlier than baking to cut back unfold and get the thick oatmeal cookies meant with this recipe. Longer getting old produces a extra concentrated taste, which I loved, however isn’t obligatory when you want freshly baked cookies imminently. And be sure you press the balls of cookie dough into pucks in order that they bake up appropriately. (I unintentionally deleted that step once I despatched the recipe to my colleague Becky Krystal for her to bake them to be photographed and ruined a batch of dough — sorry!)

For those who’re on the fence about raisins in your cookies, I urge you to present this recipe a attempt to report again. I doubt you’ll be disillusioned.

Make Forward: The plumped raisins will be ready as much as 1 week upfront and refrigerated. The dough will be ready and refrigerated as much as 1 day earlier than baking.

Storage Notes: The cookies will be saved in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as 1 week. The uncooked, portioned cookie dough will be frozen, tightly wrapped, for as much as 3 months. When baked from frozen, add a few minutes to the baking time.


  • 1 1/2 cups (227 grams/8 ounces) darkish raisins
  • 2 sticks (227 grams/8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup packed (220 grams/7 3/4 ounces) darkish brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (65 grams/2 1/4 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 giant eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (190 grams/6 3/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons floor cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon tremendous sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon floor allspice (optionally available)
  • 3 cups (270 grams/9 1/2 ounces) old school rolled oats

In a small saucepan, add the raisins and canopy with water. Carry to a boil over excessive warmth, then take away from the warmth and let sit for 10 to fifteen minutes; drain and let cool for no less than 10 minutes when you begin making the cookie dough.

In a big bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or a big bowl and a handheld mixer or a picket spoon), beat the butter and each sugars on medium pace till easy, about 3 minutes. Combine within the eggs and vanilla till homogeneous. Cut back the pace to low, add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and allspice, if utilizing, and blend till evenly mixed, ensuring to scrape the underside of the bowl if utilizing a stand mixer. Combine within the oats and raisins till evenly distributed; don’t overmix. Refrigerate for no less than half-hour and as much as in a single day.

Place racks within the higher and decrease thirds within the oven and preheat to 350 levels. Line two giant, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

Scoop heaping 3-tablespoon balls (a big cookie scoop, about 65 grams) of dough onto the ready baking sheets no less than 1 1/2 inches aside, and flatten into pucks roughly 3/4-inch thick. Bake the cookies for about 16 minutes, rotating the baking sheets midway, till golden across the edges. Let cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet earlier than transferring to a wire rack to chill fully.

Vitamin Info

(Per cookie, primarily based on 20 cookies)

Energy: 253; Whole Fats: 11 g; Saturated Fats: 6 g; Ldl cholesterol: 43 mg; Sodium: 115 mg; Carbohydrates: 40 g; Dietary Fiber: 2 g; Sugar: 21 g; Protein: 4 g.

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