The addition of cinnamon makes these Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies a delicious twist on a classic cookie!
Why are oatmeal raisin cookies so polarizing? If there was ever a large gathering of cookies, oatmeal raisin would most certainly have to sit at the kid’s table in the corner. Why is that? (Also, I feel like I need an invitation to the aforementioned large gathering of cookies. Because sometimes I feel like I was the Cookie Monster in a previous life. Nom nom nom all the cookies…)
My wife scoffs at oatmeal raisin cookies and says they are just breakfast masquerading in cookie form. Sure, oats and raisins often show up in breakfast recipes. But oatmeal raisin cookies are most definitely not breakfast food. I’ve even heard her call oatmeal raisin cookies “a waste of a good cookie.” Harsh.
I told her she was wrong, and I told her I’d make a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies that would turn her into a believer. Or maybe it would turn her into the Cookie Monster. “C is for cookie…that’s good enough for me…”
Little did my wife know, but I had a secret up my sleeve on this one. (On a side note, she should have known I had something planned…more often than not, I am up to something.) I had her uncle’s tried-and-true recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies.
Her uncle has been making huge batches of cookies for every family gathering since my wife was a little girl. He even made something like 300+ cookies for a cookie table at our wedding reception. Sure, that might have been a bit sneaky of me to pull out his recipe…but you know what they say: all’s fair in love and war. And this was most definitely war.
I hit the kitchen armed with the secret (well, formerly secret) family recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies. I added some cinnamon chips to this cookie because, well, cinnamon just makes everything better. Less than an hour later, my weapon was complete. I was looking at three trays of golden brown oatmeal raisin cookies. The smell alone should have been enough to convince my wife of the greatness that is the oatmeal raisin cookie, but she said she was waiting until she could eat one the cookies. The nerve.
It only took one bite. One single, little bite. My wife was hooked. She actually called these Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies delicious. This from the woman who once scoffed at oatmeal raisin cookies. This recipe did it’s job. It proved to her that Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies most definitely belong at the adult table. (In case you’re wondering, I did fess up and tell her that I used her uncle’s recipe. She told me she didn’t mind and reached for another cookie off the tray.)
Do these Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies belong at the adult table?
Was using her uncle’s recipe a low blow?
Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1½ cups raisins
- 1¼ cups cinnamon baking chips
- Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Using a countertop mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (~3-4 minutes on medium speed).
- Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well blended.
- Add the dry ingredients, eggs, vanilla, oats, raisins and cinnamon chips to the mixer bowl; stir together on low speed until just combined.
- Roll 2 Tbsp of dough into a ball and place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing cookies about 2” apart. Flatten each dough ball slightly with palm of your hand.
- Bake at 350°F for 15-17 minutes, or until slightly golden in color.
- Let cool on pan for several minutes and then transfer to wire rack until completely cool.
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