A few months back a very discerning member of the family declared that if mommy cooks with raisins she should not expect him to eat it. To give him credit he does eat a variety of veggies and fruits. Of course I did not want to offend him by making oatmeal – raisin cookies 🙂 . Instead I made these loaded Oatmeal Cookies. Oatmeal raisin cookie taken a step further. Imagine your favorite granola mix in a cookie and there you have it . It is loaded with dry fruits ,chopped nuts and coconut . And the good news for me is – no complaints or revolts on the raisin issue – at least not so far !!.
Here is the recipe. In this version I have used raisins and dried cranberries , but you can use any dried fruits you like , apricots , figs, cherries and currants. As for nuts, today I had walnuts in hand , and that is what I used . But other good choices are pecans , cashew nuts, peanuts , almonds or macadamia nuts. Or just add 2 cups of your favorite trail mix to the cookie dough.
These cookies are a bit soft and chewy towards the middle, with just enough sweetness. A welcome addition to the snack box and so easy to make !!
Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.
This is a very easy recipe to make . Have the eggs and butter at the room temperature . Pre-heat the oven. Beat the butter until it is soft and fluffy . Add the sugar and mix till it is uniformly mixed together into a creamy mixture. Beat in the the eggs one by one scraping the sides often. Beat in the vanilla. Make sure that no butter bits are sticking the sides of the bowl .
Sift flour , baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon into a bowl . Mix and add the rolled oats. Stir to combine . Measure the fruits and nuts / trail mix . Chop the fruits and nuts if necessary . Add the flour mix to the wet ingredients and fold in. Add the fruit nut mix and and fold in until all the bits are covered with the dough.
The dough will be a little hard . Scoop out using an ice cream scoop or tablespoons and place on a cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart. Flatten a little and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the bottoms begin to turn brown .
Remove the trey from the oven and let cool for a minute. Remove the cookies on to a cooling rack to cool completely . The cookies will be a little soft as you remove from the trey
As they cool the cookies hardens a bit , but it still remains a bit chewy. Store in a airtight box.