Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

ingredients for ~24 medium-sized cookies
120g raisins
150g butter, softened but not melted
200g golden caster sugar
1 large egg
50ml milk
0.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
140g plain flour
quarter of a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
tiny splash of lemon juice
pinch of salt
300g oats

cookie dough

  1. Put the raisins in a small bowl and cover in boiling water. Leave to soak for at least 20-30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C. Line 2 baking trays – I used silicone baking sheets, but greaseproof paper would also work.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
  4. Beat in the egg until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  5. Add the milk, cinnamon, and vanilla essence; mix well.
  6. Add the bicarbonate of soda, and a small splash of lemon juice.
  7. Add the flour and pinch of salt, and again mix well. You should have a fairly stiff batter.
  8. Add the oats. The mixture should be quite stiff and ‘dry’ (and shape-able), but if necessary, add a very small amount of water from the raisins.
  9. Finally, add the raisins and mix to distribute them evenly throughout the cookie dough.
  10. Spoon the mixture onto the prepared baking trays, about a heaped dessertspoon full at a time. Flatten slightly, but ensure the cookies aren’t too close together on the tray as they may spread a little.
  11. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden.

Top tips:

  • Pre-soaking the raisins makes them juicier in the finished cookies, and helps stop them burning while baking.
  • The lemon  juice ‘activates’ the bicarb (if the two touch, you’ll see the fizz). The alternative is using baking powder, or simply omit the lemon for a little less rise in the cookie.
  • I hugely recommend silicone baking sheets. They protect baking tins and are easier to clean, they are reusable unlike greaseproof paper, and they make removing the finished baking a doddle!
  • I’ve kept the uncooked dough in a sealed container in the fridge for 2 days, allowing me to have batches of fresh-baked cookies at different times 🙂
  • I  have no idea how long the baked cookies would last in a sealed container – they get eaten long before that point! 😉
photo of cookies

Yeah, I ate one already 😉