Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

7 Apr

I have a new obsession!  I am trying to fatten the kids up a bit, so I have been trying to find a cookie recipe that meets 3 criteria: they need to have a couple of healthy ingredients, they have to be able to be frozen, and they have to be GOOD.

After doing a little searching and a couple of fails (the popular Pinterest recipe with only banana and oatmeal is not good, by the way), I have finally found the perfect cookie recipe for my family.

oatmeal raisin cookie pic

This is a basic oatmeal cookie recipe that you can easily adapt to meet the needs of your family.  I let Charlie and Maddie choose one addition each.  Charlie chose chocolate chips and Maddie chose raisins.

Here’s the recipe:

Oatmeal Cookies

Beat together the following until smooth:

1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

Add and beat until well combined:

1 large egg and 1 large egg yolk, both at room temperature.

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Then add:

2 cups self-rising flour

1 cup old-fashioned oats

Mix all of this together until it is well-incorporated, then stir in any dry ingredients you want to add.  Like I said, I added a bag of chocolate chips and a couple of cups of raisins.

Some other ingredients that would be a great addition: pecans or walnuts, butterscotch chips, or dried cranberries.  Basically, anything you can think of!

Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  At this point, I froze most of the dough.  Just place the balls onto a cookie sheet, freeze them, then put them into a freezer bag.  This recipe makes about 5 dozen cookies, so you will have plenty!

Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes.

This recipe was just an all-around success!  Maddie loved helping me roll the dough into balls, and we all love having hot, fresh cookies in minutes.  Now the problem is NOT fattening Jason and me up!

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