Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

One of the fun events I am planning to attend at the  BlogHer conference this week is the Quaker Wake Up Workout and Breakfast with Bob Harper. And yes, it is THE Bob Harper of The Biggest Loser. There is also going to be a workout with Bob segment before breakfast, but I didn’t try and get in sadly space was extremely limited and I wasn’t selected. 😉

Ironically, the same week I registered for the breakfast, DH asked if I liked oatmeal raisin cookies. Seems he saw the recipe on the Quaker Oats canister in the pantry and was itching to bake again after his last success.

Who was I to stop him? Right?

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies*

Ingredients:
1/2 C. plus 6 Tbsp butter, softened
3/4 C. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 C. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp of vanilla
1 1/2 C. All purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
3 C. Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 C. raisins

Directions
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy.
3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well
4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well.
5. Add oats and raisins; mix well

Since we are not fans of raisins in oatmeal cookies, DH substituted cherry juice infused Craisins. They give the same nice chewy texture, but change the flavor to slightly more fruity note.

6. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets
7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown.
8. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets;

9. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely.

I would definitely request DH make these cookies again. They were delicious and what I really liked about them was the sweetness level. They were not super sweet like a store bought cookie, and as much as our family likes dried fruit, the variations are endless. I am thinking I may request dried cherries next time and a little raspberry extract to brighten up the berry flavor. Maybe even a batch to take on the plane with me to share with some friends in San Diego?

Are you coming to BlogHer?
Want to meet for some coffee and oatmeal cookies?
I’d be more than happy to share!

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* Recipe courtesy of the Quaker Oats container lid.

Disclaimer – Even though I am attending the Quaker sponsored breakfast at BlogHer, I was not compensated in any way for this recipe post. We just happen to like oatmeal cookies and all opinions are my own.

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