These cookies will make you feel like you are home no matter where in the world you are. Here you will find the recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Cookies!
If you’ve subscribed to my newsletter you will know that, although I love warm and tropical climates, I miss the winter for Christmas. Living in Thailand is wonderful for the consistent sunshine and warm days but when Christmas rolls around, I can’t help but miss the feeling of wrapping up in a warm blanket and the festive look of the holiday season. Warming up over some hot chocolate with cookies does not sound very pleasant in temperatures around 30 C.
One way of making up for what I am missing has been through Facebook. I very much enjoy looking at all the exquisite Christmas cookie creations many talented bakers have been making. Once a day I am posting my daily favorite Christmas cookie recipe on my Facebook page.
Another way is going through past cookie creations of my own. While doing that I came across these lovely oatmeal walnut raisin cookies.
They’re really easy to make and by adding “Christmassy” type spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, or all-spice they tend to help me feel like I am a little more at home for the holidays.
Another great way to enjoy these cookies, at Christmas, or anytime of year is with coffee, tea or even eggnog if you’re feeling especially in the Christmas spirit.
If you decided to try this recipe to feel in the Christmas spirit, or if you’ve found another recipe you love for the Christmas holidays, please reach out and share your ideas with me! Or, if you tried this cookie recipe and enjoyed it please leave your feedback!
Oatmeal Walnut Raisin Cookies Recipe
- ⅔ c. butter softened
- ⅔ c. white sugar
- ½ c. packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- optional spices: ½ tsp. cinnamon, 1 dash nutmeg, 1 dash all-spice
- ¾ c. all-purpose flour
- 1 ¼ c. uncooked quick cooking oatmeal
- 1 c. each raisins and coarsely chopped walnuts I also added some chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly grease cookie sheets or use parchment paper. In large bowl beat butter, sugars, egg and vanilla (and spices) at medium to high speed until fluffy. Reduce mixer speed to low, add flour and oatmeal, increase mixer speed gradually and beat just until blended. Stir in raisins and nuts.
- Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough 2 ½ inches apart onto prepared sheets. Bake for about 17 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned and tops look dry. Cool on sheet for 5 minutes. Remove to rack to cool completely.
Oatmeal adds a delightful chewiness and a nutty flavor to cookies. It also enhances the texture, giving the cookies a heartier and more wholesome feel.
Soaking raisins in warm water or any other liquid can help to plump them up before adding them to the cookie dough. This can prevent them from drawing moisture out of the cookie dough during baking, keeping the cookies moist and soft.
Oatmeal raisin cookies typically consist of ingredients such as oats, raisins, flour, butter, eggs, sugar, and baking soda. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are often added to enhance the flavor.
Baking soda is a leavening agent that helps cookies rise and gives them a light and airy texture. Without baking soda, the cookies may turn out dense and flat rather than soft and chewy.
Baking soda helps the cookies to rise by producing carbon dioxide gas when it reacts with acidic components in the dough. It also contributes to the cookies' texture by making them softer and chewier.
Several factors could prevent cookies from rising, such as using stale baking soda, not using enough leavening agent, or overmixing the dough. Checking the freshness of the ingredients and following the recipe precisely can help ensure proper rising.
Oatmeal raisin cookies can become hard if they are overbaked or if too much flour is added to the dough. To keep them soft and chewy, it's essential to bake them for the recommended time and to measure ingredients accurately.
Raisins are a traditional addition to oatmeal cookies, providing bursts of sweetness and chewiness that complement the hearty texture of the oats. Raisins add flavor and moisture to the cookies, making them a popular and classic choice for oatmeal cookie recipes.