Today's post is on the best oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies. These cookies can be made effortlessly and are delicious treats. Having oatmeal and raisin as ingredients in cookies is an added perk as they are healthy. Undoubtedly it is a great way to get kids and picky eaters to get good, nutritional stuff in their diets.
I was first introduced to these giant cookies at work in Redwood Shores, California. We had a bakery in one of the buildings, building 300 (pictures) which is very popular and used to open up late afternoon. There used to be a long queue for coffee and desserts. My favorites were the cookies, scones, and brownies. Even though they were a little pricey, they were super delicious! To bake those giant oatmeal cookies was always on my to-do list but never got a chance with a hectic life.
Now that blogging has taken a priority, finding and trying new recipes for my blog is an added bonus. While I was on the lookout for the recipe for the best oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookie, there were so many to choose from! They all seemed very simple and straightforward. Many of them used instant oatmeal and some others used old-fashioned oats. I love the texture of the old-fashioned oats in the cookies. It gives a nice bite and is chewy. After looking around and mixing and matching some of the ingredients, I narrowed it down to this recipe which uses dark brown sugar and cinnamon.
How to make the best oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies?
This is one of the simplest cookies to make. Firstly, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs one by one. Later add the dry ingredients which include flour, oats, baking soda, and cinnamon. I used the old-fashioned oats as mentioned earlier. You can very well use instant oats if you like. The addition of chocolate chips to the cookies is optional. Personally, I do not like too many raisins in my cookie so I added only ½ a cup but you can add another 1.5 cups if you like. I also added walnuts to get a nice crunchy bite. You can add or leave out any of these, it's all one's personal choice.
It is better if the batter sits in the refrigerator for a while so the old-fashioned oats soak in the batter. If you bake immediately, it may spread a little more and you get large-sized giant cookies. When you bake the cookies from the refrigerated batter, you will find that they do not spread as much and are more chewy and soft. I made one batch immediately and another after 3 to 4 hours of refrigeration. They are both very delicious.
Useful Tips for making the Cookies
Keep the butter and eggs at room temperature before making the batter. You can adjust the chocolate chips, raisins, and walnuts in the cookies as per your liking. The black raisins are normally preferred in this recipe.
As mentioned previously, refrigerating the batter will soften the old-fashioned oats and will give a better texture to the cookies. You can bake it after 3 to 4 hours of refrigeration or even after 1 or 2 days. I have not tried freezing the batter to use later. Like with other cookie batters, if frozen, one should thaw the cookie batter to room temperature and then when possible scoop and bake.
Ensure not to overbake the cookies, else you will end up with hard cookies and not get the soft and chewy texture. It may look a little undone in the center, but as long as the sides are browned they can be taken out. The rest of the baking happens when they are cooling on the baking sheet and later on the wire rack.
A delicious cookie made with old fashion oats , raisins,chocolate chips and cinnamon
- 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- ½ cup walnuts chopped
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- ½ cups raisins add another one and half cups if you like
- 1 cup butter room temperature
- 1.5 cups dark brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Pre-heat oven to 350 deg F.
Line cookie tray with parchment paper.
Cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer at medium speed for about 2 to 3 minutes till it gets fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time and vanilla and incorporate.
Whisk all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.
Add the whisked contents to the butter ,sugar and egg mixture slowly after reducing speed until well combined.
Next add in oats , raisins, chocolate chips, nuts until they are all mixed well.
Chill the dough for 2 to 3 ours or overnight
Using a medium sized cookie scoop , portion out the dough and place on the baking sheet .
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes until golden around edges. Take care not to over bake .Let it stay on the baking sheet for 3 minutes.Transfer to cooling rack.
These cookies are great accompaniments to your coffee and tea. They brought back good old memories of the evening coffee break at work with my colleagues. I also feel so glad that I can make them on my own and they almost taste like the original :). I would love to hear in the comments below if you try baking them. Thank you for reading and have a good day!