Old-Fashioned Chewy Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies – Delicious cookies, with a soft and chewy centre, just like grandma used to make!
Relaxed Happy Weekend Baking
It’s the weekend, and I’ve more or less caught up with lots of my commissioned work, plus the weather has taken a turn for the worse, it’s cold and rainy; so, it’s time to head for the cosy warmth of the kitchen for a weekend of relaxed and happy baking. As a freelance writer I try to take the weekends off, otherwise I find myself working seven days a week, and all work and no play, makes Jack a very dull boy as the saying goes! I’ve got a weekend of healthy meals planned, but we still need a treat or two, and there’s nothing more rewarding than making your own biscuits (cookies) to fill that sad and empty biscuit tin (cookie jar). Today’s recipe for Old-Fashioned Chewy Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies is a family favourite – the cookies are soft and chewy with a subtle warmth of vanilla and cinnamon, and I like to think they are just like grandma used to make!
I guard my kitchen jealously, it’s my sanctuary when times are tough, or when the weather is bad – it’s also a place I can retreat to when there is a house full of guests; most mornings I make my way down to the kitchen before everyone else is awake – after feeding the cats and letting the chickens out, it’s time to make a pot of tea and drink in the peaceful solitude before the day starts…..it’s my time of the day, my time to revel in deep thoughts, or to plan and just ruminate on life…..with the kitchen clock ticking in the background and the comforting purr of the fridge humming in the corner, it’s when lots of my ideas and creations are realised, with copious notes being made before my thoughts flee forever and my ideas are lost. And, it’s on one morning just like this, that I remembered a recipe I used to make when I lived in the States, and one that I enjoyed on a recent trip to Canada, chewy oatmeal and raisins biscuits/cookies.
These cookies aren’t the crisp, brittle type of biscuit that you might find in the British biscuit tin, but are soft and chewy, with a texture similar to a rock cake; they are easy to make and are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or a glass of chilled fresh milk, as in “milk and cookies”. The flavour is warm with vanilla and cinnamon and is reminiscent of times gone by, it’s funny how certain foods have the ability to do that, but there is something about these cookies that seems old-fashioned and rather quaint! Everytime I make these, I can almost see an army of grandmothers in their kitchens baking batches of these cookies, with their tightly curled, grey hair neatly pinned back and with a gaily patterned pinny (apron) covering long serge skirts and white lace blouses!
I hope you enjoy these Old-Fashioned Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies if you make them, and before I sign off, there is a tip I’d like to share with you – try not to skip the “soaking the raisins” step – it only takes a little time, or you can soak them overnight, and it makes such a difference to the cookies, the raisins stay plump and don’t burn when baked, and it’s a step that really needs to be adhered to. That’s all for today, the recipe is shared below, I’m off back into the kitchen for more baking and cooking, have a WONDERFUL WEEKEND and I’ll be back next week with some hotel and restaurant reviews, with some new recipes and traveller’s tales too. Karen
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