Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are a great snack to pack in lunch boxes and picnic hampers for a sweet treat with the goodness of oatmeal. Studded with plump, juicy raisins, they’re delicious and addictive, just like grandma’s.
We’ve had a busy new year so far and I’m guessing you have too. We’ve had some good storms, a few school delays and cancellations, and the snow gave way to rain today. I can’t think of anything more delightful on a cold, rainy day than baking a batch of these homemade cookies.
Several summers ago we ventured up to Castle In the Clouds, the historic Lucknow Estate in Moultonborough, NH. It’s just a little over an hour north of us.
If you’ve never visited, it’s the 6,300 acre estate with the Lucknow stone “castle” at the mountain’s peak. Such fantastic and scenic views of Lake Winnipesaukee.
Built by Thomas Plant in 1914, it’s a “gentleman’s estate”. Features a sixteen room mansion, stable, two gatehouses (what exactly is a gatehouse anyway?), a one hundred foot long greenhouse, farm buildings, an 18-hole golf course, tennis court, lake and 45 miles of carriage trails. This is a nature lover’s paradise.
Thomas Plant’s story is quite a fascinating one of rags to riches to rags again and it all came of shoes. I’ll tell you more about that in another post.
We toured the castle, visited the gift shop and carriage house and hand fed the large trout that jump up out of the water for fish food at Shannon Pond. There were as many ducks as fish clamoring for the food!
We toted along a picnic lunch with sandwiches, fresh fruit salad, chips, salsa, lemonade and these delicious Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies for dessert. Such a beautiful shady spot we had to enjoy our picnic lunch at Castle in the Clouds.
These cookies have all the goodies: butter, sugar, eggs, oatmeal and pure vanilla to name a few. But in my opinion, it’s the cinnamon that ties this cookie together so nicely.
I used a heaping tablespoon of dough to make larger 3″ cookies. You can make them smaller if you like.
They spread a good bit, so you’ll want to leave plenty of space in between. This recipe makes four dozen scrumptious 3″ oatmeal raisin cookies. Enjoy!
Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar firmly packed
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups raisins
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars .
- Stir in eggs and vanilla until well combined.
- Stir in remaining ingredients, adding raisins last.
- Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased or parchment lined cookie sheets, leaving space in between for spreading.
- I like my cookies flatter, so I pressed the dough down with a small drinking glass.
- Bake at 350° for 10 - 12 minutes until lightly golden brown.
- Allow to cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack for complete cooling.
- Store in an airtight container.
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