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How to Make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Just keep telling yourself that the raisins make these qualify as a serving of fruit.


  • Step 1: Preheat oven Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, spray the cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Step 2: Mix butter and sugar In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar together with a fork or an electric mixer until it's well mixed and fluffy.
  • Step 3: Add the egg and vanilla Add the egg and vanilla and mix well with a whisk or electric mixer to combine.
  • Step 4: Whisk dry ingredients In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Step 5: Finish the batter Add the flour mixture little by little to the butter and sugar, combining thoroughly before adding more flour mixture. Then, stir in the oats, raisins, and nuts, if using. Mix until just combined.
  • Step 6: Drop onto cookie sheet Drop spoonfuls of the batter 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets, and press them down slightly with the back of the spoon. Bake them until they're golden, about 10 to 12 minutes, and let them cool on the cookie sheets before eating.
  • FACT: The word "cookie" derives from the Dutch word koekje and refers to a little cake.

You Will Need

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • One and one half sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • One and one half c. light brown sugar
  • Two eggs at room temperature
  • Two tsp. vanilla extract
  • One and one half c. flour
  • One half tsp. baking soda
  • One half tsp. salt
  • One tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Two and one half c. rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • Three-quarters c. raisins
  • Two cookie sheets
  • Two bowls
  • A whisk
  • An electric mixer (optional)
  • Three-quarters c. chopped walnuts (optional)

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