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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are made even more delicious with the addition of Raisinets.

Last week I decided that I’m getting old. Older and progressively more anxious. Which is a problem because I’m already pretty darn anxious. I’m sure you’ve come across posts on Buzzfeed that read 1000 Thoughts Every Anxious Girl Has – yep, that’s me – each and every single last one of them.

Last week I thought it would be a great idea to take a road trip to Columbus with a friend. In my brain, the 3-hour drive each way sounded like a excellent idea. Three hours of chatting and catching up was just what I needed this week. Although, let’s be clear here, I wasn’t going to be the one to do the driving because I hate to drive outside of my 10 mile radius comfort zone. But we were absolutely going to be taking my car because I really like my car.

All was well on the way down, even though we left at ridiculous o’clock. We had to leave so early that I didn’t even sleep the night before. Great idea for embarking on a 3 hour drive, right? Then… then we hit typical Columbus traffic. It put us so behind schedule that I had to simply drop my friend at her appointment for her to be on time. This forced ME to park my car in downtown Columbus during rush hour.

I think I drove around the block 18 times looking for a spot because I just can’t do parking garages. Then my phone fell between the seats and I got lost due to my GPS-enabled phone being hidden in the depths of my car. I would’ve been able to hear Siri’s cheery instructions had I not muted her annoying navigation voice halfway through our drive. I finally found my way and a spot after about 40 minutes and repeatedly telling (read: yelling) at myself to get a grip. This is so typically ME, I can’t even begin to tell you.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Photo on MyBakingAddiction.comGuys, it was a terrible experience. If you are an anxious type, you totally feel my pain right now. My palms were so sweaty that I had to literally wipe them on a stack of napkins, and my eye started to twitch. A coincidence? I think not. Basically I came home, took an epic three-hour nap, and upon waking only wanted to rock myself gently in the corner while dipping cookies in wine.

Which leads me to these Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. They’re chewy, delicious, and flecked with chocolate covered raisins because how else to make oatmeal raisin cookies better than with chocolate?

I came up with the idea for these babies in my delirium as we drove back from Columbus. I don’t know why or where they came from in my exhausted, anxious state, I just knew I had to make them immediately… or at least when my eye stopped twitching.

There’s something about baking that calms me. The measuring, pouring, and stirring calm my frayed nerves better than any mood-altering drug can. (At least while I’m still breastfeeding, anyway.) Putting together these delish morsels of chocolately, oatmeal goodness put me back to rights.

They’re a great cookie to welcome Fall, and your babies home from school at the end of the day. They’re also really great for eating your feelings. I promise.

Looking for more oatmeal cookie recipes? Be sure to check out these Oatmeal Banana Cookies and these Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (I used Challenge Butter)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons homemade pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick or old fashioned oatmeal
1 1/2 cups Raisinets

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Add in oats and Raisinets and mix until incorporated.

4. Use a medium cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) to drop dough onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow cookies to sit on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes:

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies will store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Diana

Thursday 13th of August 2015

Dear Jamie, thank you for this recipe. Just wondering if these cookies are supposed to be soft and cake-like? Or are they supposed to be crunchy type?  I followed your recipe, except I reduced some of the sugars amount, and the cookies turned out soft and cake-like after cooled. Baked them 10-11 mins each batch. Could over mixing of the flour near the end cause this? 

Jamie

Tuesday 18th of August 2015

Diana- These cookies are pretty chewy - definitely not crisp. I hope that helps. -Jamie

Mandi Moore

Sunday 12th of October 2014

These cookies are fantastic! The only problem I had with them was they came out flat and don't look a thing like the picture...not sure what I did wrong, but still really good!

Jamie

Sunday 12th of October 2014

Mandi- I could be the oven temperature or something like that. I'm glad you liked the cookies.

-Jamie

Christiane

Thursday 2nd of October 2014

I am so sorry about how the trip turned out! I love road trips but know they can turn horrible very quickly, especially if one gets lost. I think you did an awesome job of recovering by creating these cookies. They look delicious.

Jamie

Friday 3rd of October 2014

Thanks for visiting Christiane!

-Jamie

Heide Kemink

Thursday 2nd of October 2014

I am so going to make these, after I make the pumpkin pie spice mix. Yum! I am married to Mr. anxiety so I know how it is. I just read an article about probiotics and anxiety. I went to costco and bought a gigantic box and he is giving it a try. Can't hurt.

Jamie

Thursday 2nd of October 2014

Clearly I need that giant box of probiotics as well - let me know how it goes! :) Thanks for stopping by! -Jamie

Diane Macaluso

Thursday 2nd of October 2014

I laughed out loud at your description of yourself because it describes my anxiety about driving and losing my beloved phone GPS to a tee! I can't wait to try this recipe.It's good to know I have a soul sister out there!

Jamie

Thursday 2nd of October 2014

I'm so happy to hear that I am not alone, Diane! :) -Jamie

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