11.1.08

Oatmeal raisin cookies


Look, I know we´re all supposed to be cutting down on the calories and the high jinks and generally behaving like Trappist monks during recession. But come on. It´s only January. January is bleak, there´s nothing to look forward to, and, let´s face it, bikini issues are still a long way away. Will it kill you to have a bag of cookies in the freezer, and have the occasional one with a cup of tea? I don´t think so, so here goes.

You know that episode of Friends where Phoebe gives Rachel an oatmeal-raisin cookie, and Rachel moans, and says "omigod, these are the best oatmeal-raisin cookies ever!", and Phoebe says "yeah, I don´t make them very often, it wouldn´t be fair to other cookies"? Well, ever since I saw that, and it was years and years ago, it´s been floating around in my brain. I wanted to make oatmeal raisin cookies. There´s no such thing in Spain, so it´d have to be home made.

But what with one thing and another, mainly being side-tracked onto cupcakes by Sex and the City, I never got round to doing much about it.
Until this summer I found myself with a copy of Joy of cooking, plenty of time, and a friendly oven, and so a craze was born.

These really are the best oatmeal-raisin cookies ever, and contenders for the title of best cookies ever. Sure, they´re not showstoppers like other cookies, but they have a sneaky, quiet charm that finds me hankering for one at odd hours. They are very chewy, but very crisp on the edges, and stay that way even after a couple of days, after being defrosted, after being knocked about in a lunchbox all morning.
I love them just as they are, and of course cold milk is a perfect match, but so far the most exciting way I´ve had them is with cheese, gallego for choice.
And if you have an apple afterwards, it will be so brimming with health that you won´t even feel the tiniest pang of guilt.

Oatmeal raisin drop cookies, adapted from The Joy of Cooking

Preheat the oven to 180ºC

Cream 100 gr. butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white or vanilla sugar.
(Thermomix users, beware that I´ve broken two butterflies already. Start with soft butter)
Add one egg and a bit of flour so it doesn´t curdle. One teaspoonful of milk, and when it´s nice and fluffy, 1 cup flour (minus what you added to the egg), previously mixed with a half teaspoonful of salt and 1/2 a teaspoonful of baking powder.
Now pour that out onto a big bowl (I´m assuming you used a mixer for this) and mix in 1 cup rolled oats and 1/2 cup of raisins.

Drop the cookies 5 cm apart. If you make them big, they´r divine, if you make them small, they look adorable and crunch even more. Whatever you do, given 10 minutes or so and take them out the minute they´re a pale gold.

20 comentarios:

Marona dijo...

Hi! I was also obsessed with this cookies and I found the recipe! I bought the book "Cooking With Friends" for only 2 dollars! It's a great book for cooking and Friends fans!
Enjoy your cookies and your January!

Lydia dijo...

Oatmeal raisin cookies are a New England classic, and I'm guessing that many of them started with The Joy of Cooking. They are especially great for people who don't, or can't, eat chocolate. So glad you discovered these wonderful cookies!

xps dijo...

Doy fe. espectaculares!!!!

Preston dijo...

They sound wonderful. My daughter's always trying to get me to eat my oatmeal... what a great way to do it!

Julie dijo...

I've never heard of Gallego cheese but somehow eating cheese with your oatmeal cookies sounds like a very Spanish twist. Very sophisticated doings for such an unassuming little cookies.

lobstersquad dijo...

Marona: you have the real source!!! I´m jealous.
Lydia: me too, absolutely. I´m thinking I´d love New England, what with the lobsters and the cookies.
Xps: oui.
Preston: I love oatmeal, every which way. So exotic!
Julie: Gallego is very milky and slightly sour, it´s great with sweet stuff. Def. recommended.

Lego y Pulgón dijo...

¿Cómo no voy a querer hacer las mejores galletas "ever"? Además, tengo todos los ingredientes... pero me da miedo el tema "mariposa": ¿pondré la mantequilla un poco en el microondas, o eso será un diparate?
¡¡¡Bien!!! ¡¡¡Galletas!!! ¡¡¡Y de avena, que parecen de régimen!!!

Aimée dijo...

Thanks for the trip down memory lane! The page for oatmeal drop cookies in my mothers 'Joy' is tattered and stained-we loved making these. I'll have to try them out for my son and see if he has the same affection for them as we did growing up.

lindy dijo...

The recipe for Oatmeal raisin cookies on the Quaker Oats box is my standard classic. O-R are an outstanding cookie. IMO they taste more like real food than other cookies. If you are hungry for real food-like, a meal- you wouldn't want, say, a brownie, or chocolate chip cookie instead, not even if they were the best of their kind.

But an oatmeal raisin cookie would satisfy. Recently, a friend gave me some with a secret extra ingredient- a bit of coconut. These were also very fine.

lobstersquad dijo...

Lego: ya verás. son la pera limonera, nada empalagosas, una pasada.
Aimée: I´m sure he´ll love them, they´re just soooo good!
Lindy: you´re so right, they´re moreish but they´re real food, not a silly sweet. Intrigued by the coconut, might try.

One Food Guy dijo...

Seriously, it isn't fair to the other cookies. Oatmeal Raisin cookies certainly rise above the rest. At least in my humble culinary opinion. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Lego y Pulgón dijo...

¡Hechas!
De sabor están INCREÍBLES. Pero de forma... no hay quien les haga una foto decente. Hice bolitas redondas, que luego se aplastaron solas, pero no mantuvieron la forma redonda, sino anárquica (supongo que por los copos de avena y las uvas pasas). ¿Alguna sugerencia? ¿O son así? No es que me importe mucho, saben a gloria, pero por aquello de poderlas enseñar con la cabeza bien alta...

joey dijo...

Love oatmeal and oatmeal cookies! Though not as much as my mom...thanks for sharing this recipe...I will start making them for her and maybe by next Christmas she will have Santa get me something fabulous! Heehee :)

Katy dijo...

January is so wretched... these look great though! Once I have lost my xmas weight I will be baking again... :-)

Mrs. Fox dijo...

Oatmeal Cookies are the guiltless cookie. There is nothing in them that one wouldn't put in a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast.

lobstersquad dijo...

One food guy: glad we agree!
Lego: qué éxito, qué rápido. eso sí, son feítas. de la pandilla de las galletas, las describirían como "con mucha personalidad"
Joey: these should guarantee any Santa attention, I think.
Katy: I should have probably waited a little, but what the hell, right?
Mrs.Fox: true. well, I don´t put butter in my oatmeal, but the principle is exactly as you say.

Snug dijo...

I love oatmeal raisin cookies! They evoke childhood memories of my grandmother, whipping up huge batches on her red kitchenaid mixer. Hmm...seems like its time to make some oatmeal raisin cookies!

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Cakespy dijo...

Yesssss! I love this recipe, it's the one my mom uses too. So, so good!!!

Luisa dijo...

Ha! I have been thinking the same exact thing for a while now - would it kill me to have a bag of frozen cookies in the freezer to dip in to every now and then? No. And if not, what kind of cookies would they be? Oatmeal! But what recipe? Ahh, this one. Thank you!

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