I started baking as soon I was able to reach my kitchen counter and the very first cookies I started to bake were Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from the Mrs.Field’s Cookie Recipe Book. Since my Dad is an almond grower I started to switch out the walnuts that the recipe called for and used roasted almonds. I also decreased the amount of sugar and incorporated honey as well. This is the recipe I used below and I think they are just perfect…they also brings back so many memories every time I take a bite into one!
Yield: 2 1/2 dozen
3/4 cup butter; softened (1 1/2 sticks)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup oatmeal
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped roasted almonds (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugars, and honey.
2. Beat in eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla extract until combined.
3. Mix in flour, baking soda, salt, oatmeal, raisins, and almonds (optional) until dough is formed.
4. With a mini ice cream scooper, scoop cookies and place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Pop in oven…bake for 15 minutes. The cookies might look a little under cooked but they will cook a little more when they are cooling.
Place on cooling racks……….almost done!