Today is my friend Bonny's birthday. Bonny works at the firm with me and I love her. She turned 60 something. I love working with Bonny, she is funny, a little crazy and has a flare for fashion. We always have a good time together.
For my birthday last year, she was so sweet and took me out to lunch at the Spaghetti Factory. So for her birthday I wanted to do something special for her. She had been asking me to make her some of my dinner recipes (she doesn't cook) so I told her to choose one and I would make it for her. She chose my loaded baked potato soup. She also told me that she loves Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Neither my hubby nor I like raisins so I'd never made this type of cookie before. I was a little nervous. I found this recipe on Cafe Johnsonia's blog.
When I pulled these out of the oven they looked good, but neither Brad nor I wanted to try one (lame I know) so I had another friend at work taste test them for me (I knew he would be honest). He said they were good and that she would approve. I had saved a small portion of the mixture and made two oatmeal chocolate cookies for the hubby and I and they were yummy so I figured these would be ok. The only thing that disappointed me about these was that they were a little flatter than I like. I have another recipe from America's Test Kitchen that I think I'll try this weekend. I like my cookies to be a little more dense and thick. These were more chewy and a little on the flat side.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
The Joy of Cooking's
Classic Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup raisins (or milk chocolate chunks** )
3 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional--my addition to the recipe)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Partially melt the butter in a large bowl in the microwave on 50% power for 50 seconds. Add the sugars, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk well until creamy. Sift the dry ingredients together and fold into the butter/sugar/egg mixture with a spatula. Add the raisins (or chocolate), oats and nuts.
Use a small ice cream scoop or large spoon to drop tablespoon sized mounds of dough onto an greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 6-9 minutes, rotating the cookie sheet halfway through, or until the cookies are evenly browned on top and almost firm in the center. Let the cookies sit on the sheet for a few minutes to firm up and remove them to a wire rack to cool.
Makes about 3 dozen.
Please excuse the bad pic!