Of all the baked goods I have brought into the office over the years, none have been received quite as well as the oatmeal raisin cookies I recently made. One colleague emailed to say, “That was bloody exquisite. Quite honestly one of the best homemade cookies I’ve been lucky enough to get my grubby little paws on.” High praise indeed!
I found the recipe online after a quick Google search and a lot of review reading. I’m always a bit dubious about new recipes for an old favourite… I love my cookies soft and chewy but they don’t always work out that way, even if the recipe tells you they will. But these were honestly the softest, chewiest cookies I have ever made.
The recipe I used came from the Joy of Baking website. I made two batches in the one week and found the first batch just slightly too salty for my liking. I’m not a big fan of salt in baked goods but was scared to cut out the ingredient entirely, so reduced the amount to roughly 1/4 of a teaspoon in the second batch. Perfect.
This is such a quick and easy recipe. I don’t have hand beaters, let alone an electric mixer so I half-melted the butter then whisked it together with the sugar. Not sure it ended up being ‘creamed’ exactly but the cookies still worked out just fine.
The recipe said it would make around 18 large cookies but I used an ice cream scoop to roughly measure each one and ended up with over 25 large cookies! I cooked mine for about 16 minutes each (had to do three separate batches). I took them out of the oven just as the edges started to brown and they were perfect.
I have had many requests for a repeat appearance of these cookies from both colleagues and housemates – I can feel the extra kilos piling on already!