Fooled by the Raisin

I just got tired of seeing the bag of oats in the pantry. That and the box of raisins.

The other morning, I baked cookies and I am not one to bake cookies. As I try to proclaim, I’m not one to bake much of anything, but cookies really are not my thing. When the holidays roll around and the neighbors bring over plates of cookies, I pull out a bottle of wine to give in return.

I am also not a big fan of the oatmeal raisin kind of cookie. Give me something with chocolate in it instead. I always feel cheated when I pick up a cookie from a tray after seeing the chocolate chips in it only to find out they are raisins. Fooled again! Please note, I still eat it, but it would not have been my first choice.

These were pretty darn good. They were soft and chewy and the brown sugar really came out in the taste. I found myself going back to the cookie jar several times.

There is the bag. I think they were left over when one of the kids needed the oats cylinder and the several meatloafs just didn’t use up all of the oats. That bag has been floating around my pantry for a year.

Mixing up the dough.

All baked.

Cooling off.


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 11 mins | Makes: 36


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups oats (not instant)
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Whisk dry ingredients; set aside.

3. Combine wet ingredients with a hand mixer on low.

4. To cream, increase speed to high and beat until fluffy and the color lightens.

5. Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until no flour is visible.

6. (Over mixing develops the gluten, making a tough cookie.) Now add the oats and raisins; stir to incorporate.

7. Fill a #40 cookie scoop and press against side of bowl, pulling up to level dough (to measure 2 tablespoons of dough).

8. Drop 2-inches apart onto baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray.

9. Bake 11-13 minutes (on center rack), until golden, but still moist beneath cracks on top.

10. Remove from oven; let cookies sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Nutritional Info:

Calories 188.5 Calories from Fat 57 Total Fat 6.3 g Saturated Fat 3.5 g Cholesterol 23.8 mg Sodium 100.9 mg Total Carbohydrate 30.3 g Dietary Fiber 1.7 g Sugars 15.1 g Protein 3.5 g


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Categories: Baking, Dessert, Fruit 2, kosher, Recipes, snack, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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13 Comments on “Fooled by the Raisin”

  1. November 22, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Not my first choice of cookie either, but they look good.


  2. November 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    They were never my first choice when I was young and my mother wouldn’t deviate from the “recipe on the box.” However, as an adult, I can deviate all I like and enjoy it! Ever try adding pecans to the mix? Or how about chocolate chips? Or both?

    Yours look divine and make me want some hot out of the oven. Guess mine will be sans chocolate chips though… I am out of them.
    😉 Thanks for visiting me today! ~Lynda


  3. Joni MacD
    November 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Thanks Pat! I’ve really enjoyed your blog. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


  4. November 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    Reblogged this on Annette J Dunlea Irish Author.


  5. November 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    I get fooled by the raisins too! Choc chips are so much better, but I have to admit to loving oat cookies. Thanks for dropping by my blog =).


  6. November 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    I’m totally making these. I’m not a huge oatmeal cookie fan either but your final product has me convinced!
    I’d love a bottle of wine any day over cookies….


  7. Phil Gayle_For Singles and Couples
    November 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    These are a favourite of mine…very nice.


  8. November 23, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Big fan of sultanas but not so much its cousin the raisin. Did you know that if a vegetable soup you are making seems a bit thin you can add a handful of oats while soup is cooking to thicken it? Adds to the flavour too (note – only a handful. True as I stand here. Or sit here typing.


  9. November 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    Those do look pretty good although I’m like you; I would take a chocolate cookie anyday But a cookie is better than no cookie.


  10. November 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    Never had these but they look delish!


  11. November 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    I nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award 🙂 Not sure if you participate in these types of things (or if you already have over 200 followers, or if you’ve won one before), but if you want to check it out read my post
    I hope you’ve been well, and Congrats!


  12. November 24, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

    I’m glad the cookies turned out well, even though you weren’t too excited to make them. I have been trying to make cookies for awhile but they never have a good texture. I should try this recipe!



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