Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I have a passion for baking.  For me it’s a way that I can show other people love and kindness by baking them special and yummy treats for them to enjoy.  Homemade baked goods are one of those things in life that just tug those heartstrings and makes you feel all warm inside.  It also tends to evoke strong memories, especially from childhood, for example the very first cake I made and how impressed people were of it.

I love to bake for other people mainly because I love to make people happy and bring them some joy in their day.  Since homemade baked goods are so rare these days, people really appreciate the time and effort that goes into the treats, which can make one feel like someone cared enough to make it for them.

Cookie

Baking can be used for so many different occasions, whether it be birthday celebrations, baby showers, funerals, dinner parties, high tea, or after-school snacks.  But baked goods are also a great thing to send to loved ones who are serving overseas in their care packages.  These soldiers are out there, far from the comforts of home, so receiving a package filled with baked treats can really give them a boost, and remind them how much the people at home care for and are thinking of them.

Thus, when a cousin of mine who is in the Army was deployed back to the Middle East for the second time I knew it was time to break out my cookie recipes once more.  Now the thing is, since the package has to travel quite far and in warm climates you have to be really specific about what ingredients you choose to use.  Chocolate will melt and therefor the cookies would be a mess by the time they arrive.  Thus anything with dried fruits or nuts is a safe way to go, and thus I chose the classic oatmeal raisin combination.  Sometimes, it’s the simple recipes that are the best and to be honest I know he will be happy to receive anything from home.

Here is the recipe for the cookies.  I used the one by Hummingbird Bakery because their recipes always work and produce amazing and delicious bakes every time!

Hummingbird Bakery Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 270g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 160g white caster sugar
  • 160g soft dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 380g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 110g rolled oats
  • 220g raisins

Makes approximately 20

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F)

2. Line some baking tray with parchment paper

3. Put the butter and both sugars in a freestanding mixer with the paddle attachment. Cream until light and fluffy

White & Soft Brown Sugar
ButterWhite & Soft Brown SugarWhite & Soft Brown Sugar

4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula after each egg.

2 eggs
Room-temperature Eggs

5. Add the vanilla extract to the mixture and beat on a slow speed.

Vanilla Esence
Vanilla Essence

6. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.

Sift the dry ingredients together
Baking Soda, Salt & CinnamoPlain FlourPlain FlourSift the dry ingredients togetherSift the dry ingredients together

7. Once sifted, add the oats and mix well.

Flour & Oats Mixed
Rolled OatsFlour & Oats MixedFlour & Oats Mixed

8. Add the dry ingredients to the butter, sugar, and egg mixture. Beat well.

Mix dry and wet ingredients
Mix dry and wet ingredients

9. Stir in the raisins by hand until evenly dispersed.

Raisins stirred into mixture
RaisinsRaisins stirred into mixtureRaisins stirred into mixture

10. Arrange equal amounts of cookie dough on prepared baking trays. Make sure that there is a good amount of space between each ball of dough to allow for them to spread out during the bake.

Balls of dough on lined tray
Balls of dough on prepared tray

11. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and firm.

Final Cookies

12. Once baked, removed from the oven and place on a cooling rack to cool.

Make someone’s day by baking them some homemade cookies!

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