Friday, June 20, 2008

Oatmeal Cookies!

One of my co-workers was recently accepted into graduate school. Since I use any excuse possible to bake, I insist that all important events be accompanied by a baked treat.  Ms. B, the soon to be master's student, requested oatmeal raisin cookies, her favorite.  I turned to Martha Stewart's trusty Cookies cookbook, and found this recipe for delightful hearty cookies that incorportates toasted wheat germ.  I had never actually made oatmeal raisin cookies, and these turned out beautifully- crunchy and chewy with an aroma of cinnamon and vanilla.  I made half the batter with raisins and half with chocolate chips, but the raisin ones were the hands down winner.  Which just goes to show, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. 

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
from Martha Stewart's Cookies
Makes about 5 dozen

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups raisins 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together oats, flour, wheat germ, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl; set aside. Put butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add oat mixture; mix until just combined. Mix in raisins.
Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly.
Bake until golden and just set, about 14 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks using a spatula; let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The oatmeal choc chip's were yummy! Just the right amount of crispiness.