Sigh… it’s been way too long since my last blog post. We decided to sell our condo in the last few weeks and look for our first “real” house. What a crazy whirl wind it’s been. Every day feels like we are riding a roller coaster. We are currently under contract for selling our previous home. Some days I feel incredibly hopeful and confident that everything will work out and the next day I feel pretty much hopeless and wonder if life on the streets is really as bad as people make it out to be. The good news is, I’m a big believer in prayer and every time I can stop and breathe and pray, I know that everything is going to work out for the best. The bad news is, I can tend to be a control freak about things I have little to no control over (like what houses go on the market when and where and for what price) so I’m pretty much constantly at war with myself thru this process. Which brings us to cookies.
I’m not sure why desserts have such a calming, or distracting effect for me, but man, is it effective. I told myself I would make these cookies and freeze the dough so that I could make them for house showings. (you know, to make the house smell better and such) You and I both know that’s not what happened. But I didn’t eat them all at one time and I think we can celebrate that small victory. I was worried about freezing the dough and having it effect the shape or consistency of the cookie. I know that if you want chewy cookies, melted butter is the way to go. But how does that work with freezing previously melted butter in cookie dough form? Well as long as you can leave the frozen cookie dough out on the sheet for about 10-15 minutes they will defrost enough that it’s just like you made them from fresh. I wouldn’t do straight from frozen because then you can run into a cookie nightmare of burning the bottoms because the dough won’t distribute quickly enough to bake evenly.
I modified this recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything. I only used one cup of oats, and added chocolate chips as well as raisins. It was seriously the perfect combination and amount of each add in. So good! It was the perfect band aid for this bullet hole that is the stress of selling and buying a new home. Let me know if you make this! And let me know if you have survived the home buying and selling process as well. I need some reassurance!
Chewy Chocolate Chip and Raisin Oatmeal Cookies
- 2 cups AP flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 TBS (yeah, a whole TBS) vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare your cookie sheets with parchment paper or one of those silicone baking mats.
Melt butter in the microwave.
Mix dry ingredients, flour baking soda and salt
In a separate bowl, cream together melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Add cinnamon, vanilla, egg, and egg yolk for 2-3 minutes. This will add to the chewiness and fluffiness of the cookie (vs a dense crunchy cookie).
Mix in the dry mixture just until blended. Remember not to overwork the dough at this point- this would also make your cookies crunchy vs chewy. A little bit of baking science! You can beat the butter mixture as much as you would like, but as soon as the liquids combine with the dry, it will activate the gluten in the flour, and mixing activates that even more, which if you remember from the pizza dough blog, will lead to less chewy and more dry and crunchy.
Fold in raisins, oatmeal, and chocolate chips. I rolled them into normal sized balls and baked for a shorter amount of time, about ten minutes. I learned that to tell if cookies are the right amount of done, check the edges. They should not be brown yet, but as the cookie bakes the teeny tiny air bubbles on the edge should make it look dry versus looking wet like cookie dough. Kind of like a pancake.
I allow them to sit on the baking sheet out of the oven for a minute or two before moving to a cooling rack to finish cooling down. I always have to remind myself that they keep cooking for a little bit after you take them out, so it’s really okay if they don’t look done “yet”.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! Make sure to check out all of the other delicious desserts like cherry pie pars while you’re here!