Easy Weekend Baking: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I am very picky about my oatmeal raisin cookies. I like them crunchy, I like them chewy, and I like them rich, with a dissolving sweetness in the mouth. I want it all.
This recipe is the closest I have come to the perfect cookie. It’s packed with oats and raisins with just a little flour to bind it all together, along with a blast of wheat germ for nutty crunch. There is no white sugar in this recipe – only brown sugar, which gives the rich, deep sweetness I crave. Let me know what you think.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Refrigerating the cookies before baking will ensure a thicker, chewier cookie. Makes about 30 – 2 inch cookies.

1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 3/4 cups light brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 1/2 cups raisins

Whisk butter, sugar, egg and vanilla together in a large bowl until smooth. Mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt together in a small bowl. Stir the flour into the butter and sugar and thoroughly combine. Stir in the oats and wheat germ; then add the raisins. Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 F. (190 C.) Drop rounded tablespoons of the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment, leaving 2 inches between each cookie. Bake until cookies are set in the middle and golden brown, 12 – 14 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a rack.

19 thoughts on “Easy Weekend Baking: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  1. I can identify! I’m also really picky about cookies. If I’m indulging, I want it to be worth it. These look wonderful. The addition of wheat germ is interesting. I’ve bookmarked these and hope to try them soon. Thanks for sharing!

  2. These look great! I’m also always searching for the perfect combination of a crunchy/chewy cookie. I’m going to try substituting dark chocolate for the raisins…hopefully they will turn out as well as yours and I can share the results on my own blog!

  3. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting it all…..in fact, its the American way! I too expect it all from my cookies, can’t wait to try these as I’m sure they are all that you say. – S

  4. I’m just baking these now, for my Grandma’s 88th birthday present… figured she’d enjoy them since it’s a lot of hassle for her to do any baking these days!! I’ll have to come back and let you know how they were received, they’re just baking now 🙂 They LOOK great! Thanks!

  5. Ok – Here’s my update: DELICIOUS…!!! I used 1 cup flour instead of the 1/2 cup and 1/2 cup wheat germ as I didn’t have any… but… oh my 🙂 This is a fantastic recipe, thank you!!!

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