Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My New Year's Resolution: Eat More Cookies

I have had New Year's resolutions all wrong.  I used to commit to things that I knew I would never really do, like lose half of my body weight, save millions of dollars, and start ironing.  I have decided, instead, to commit to things that I know I will do--and do well.  So, New Year's Resolution #1:  Eat more cookies.  I started my goal with flying colors yesterday as my seven-year-old and I whipped up a batch of these bad boys.  I don't normally go for raisins.  In fact, I usually go for anything in a cookie EXCEPT raisins, but my blue-eyed boy implored me to put them in.  So here you have the real oatmeal cookie deal.  These are chewy and buttery with just a hint of spice.  Actually, I should thank my son because the raisins have absolved me of any guilt when it comes to eating these darlings around the clock.  What to eat for breakfast?  I could make myself a bowl of oatmeal with raisins, or eat 3 oatmeal cookies.   What to eat for snack?  I could gnaw on a hard granola bar with raisins, or I could just stuff my face full of more cookies.  Cookie total for today=17.5 (It would have been 18, but half of my cookie fell on the floor and was promptly ingested by a dog who apparently has the same New Year's resolution as myself.)  Best of luck with your own New Year's resolutions.

Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Ever

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
3 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups raisins (soak these in hot water while you are making the rest of the recipe and then drain the water before you add the raisins to the mixture)

Cream butter and sugars together.  Add eggs and vanilla and stir until smooth.  Add soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and flour until just incorporated.  (You don't want to over mix or you get a tough cookie.)  Mix in oatmeal and raisins.  Form into 1 1/2 inch mounds and place on greased cookie sheet.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 11 minutes.

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  1. Oooh - I love your resolution - how inspiring :)

  2. Love this perspective of Resolutions! This definitely sounds more appealing than a list of things to quit.
    I am not a raisin fan either but I will have to try this recipe though! My husband loves a good Oatmeal Raisin Cookie!!

  3. I just found your blog through a "pin" on Pinterest - do you Pin? It's a good way to promote your blog! Anyway, thank you for the cute post on New Year's Resolutions! It made me giggle!! I totally agree with you and I join you in your resolution to eat more cookies!! That one, I can keep!! I have a blog, love books - especially Jane Austen, and love baking! So glad I found you! Joining up right now! xo Jina


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