March 28, 2009

Phoebe's Fabulous Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

MUNCH RATING: 5/5

This recipe is from the Friend's Cookbook and they're soft and chewy but slightly crunchy too. I didn't have any raisins so I used sultanas and some chopped dates instead.
  • Makes about 30 cookies
  • Oven Temperature: Gas Mark 5/375°F/190°C
  • Cooking time: 12-15 minutes
  • You will need: baking tray lined with greaseproof paper (I used a silicone mat on a baking tray which worked brilliantly as the cookies don't stick). 

Ingredients:
  • 12 Tablespoons (175g/6oz) unsalted butter, softened (I used Stork spread for cakes)
  • 3/4 cup (160g/5.5oz) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup (130g/4.5oz) white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (170g/6oz) rolled oats
  • 1 ¼ cups (160g/5.5oz) plain flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda/bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups (200g/7 oz) raisins/sultanas 

Directions:
  1. Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla, beat well until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir into the butter mixture until just combined.
  4. Stir in the raisin/sultanas.
  5. Drop the dough by heaped tablespoons onto the baking sheet, leaving a 2" inch between them. I found this easiest by using 2 tablespoons to create balls as the dough is quite stiff and sticky.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes on a shelf near the top of the oven until the cookies are golden brown.
  7. Cool on the baking sheet for at least 1 minute before transferring to a cooling rack.

ALTERNATIVES:
Below are the same cookies made with dried cranberries instead of raisins. This time I formed walnut shaped balls out of the dough and slightly flattened them when they were on the baking tray. The cookies spread out less and were thicker, giving them a more squidgy texture inside, but were still crunchy on the outside.
Cranberry Oatmeal cookies

1 comments:

Lou said...

Hey!
I am no good at biscuits but I think I will give these little beauts a go! Added you to my favourites- love it!
Lou x

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