Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"Healthy," right?

Mmmmm.  Baking therapy.  I got hit with a dash of flu late last weekend, but was happy it didn't stay long, and I've been nursing a hurt back, from all the packing/unpacking flurry.  But I couldn't resist the eyelash batting and "Mama, please, please make us some home-made cookies" of my youngest.  Besides, all my cookie sheets are unpacked anyway, so I figured I might as well use em, right?
We are still a little bit sad about our circumstances right now, but at peace, and still hoping for the best.  I've unpacked a little spring sunshine in our home, so in case anyone comes to view it, it will look like people actually live here right now. 

There is something very soothing about baking.  Normally, I've got lots of little hands helping me, but they were busy working on school papers, so I actually got to bake an entire recipe all by myself.  (It was a little lonely, to be honest.  I think I prefer all the "help.")

When Adrain and I got married, he raved and raved about his grandmother's oatmeal cookies.  Well, a girl can only take that for just so long, before she begins trying to one-up that.  Understandably, of course. After many trial and error batches, (and a few that ended up in the garbage can) I eventually came up with this recipe for crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, giant oatmeal raisin (or chocolate chip) cookies.  Funny side story about golden raisins.  My grammie was suffering from arthritis long ago, and read somewhere that if you soak nine golden raisins in rum each day and eat them, it should alleviate the side effects.  After repeating this to the family, she leaned over to me, and in a conspiratorial whisper confided, "I'd rather just toss the raisins and knock back the rum they were soaking in."  I have always giggled when I buy golden raisins, remembering that story. 
I use an ice cream scoop and make these babies really big.  Because if you're going to have a cookie... then for heaven's sake, have a cookie!!  KnowwhatImean?
The only thing is, they don't move much, so you'll want to gently flatten each cookie with a cup. 

If you bake these, you'll need to be prepared for your kitchen to smell amazing, and your man to fall at your feet.  
Better than his grandma's Oatmeal Cookies: 
1c. softened butter
1c. brown sugar
1c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
4c. regular oats
1 cup raisins or chocolate chips
* Combine and cream butter and sugars.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Sift together flour, soda, and salt, then add to butter mixture.  Beat in oats, and fold in raisins or choc. chips.  Mixture will be stiff and crumbly.  
*Drop large balls of dough by ice cream scoop, onto cookie sheets and bake at 350, 12-13 minutes. 


  1. better than his grandma's! ha!! that is good! and i l.o.v.e. oatmeal cookies! thanks :)

  2. i love how giant these are! i also love golden raisins... but i confess since they came out with craisins i havent used raisins. i am an oatmeal fareek! i eat it everyday! with craisins. but i think i should try your better than his grandma oatmeal cookies.. especially because of the name, you silly.

  3. Yum! I love oatmeal cookies and I always have a hard time making good ones. I'll try this recipe.

  4. Oh yum! I am definitely going to make these. My hub loves oatmeal cookies...

    ...I'll add choc chips for me :)

  5. You are so good to us supplying the recipe :). Can't wait to try them! I, too, just made Danny's grandmother's homemade spaghetti sauce he has craved since we got married three years ago! He loved it and it was easier than easy!

  6. Those look yummy! And I love the title of the recipe! LOL! I will now forever think of grammies comment, too, when I buy golden raisins! LOL!

  7. I love the bit of Spring you've added to your home :) I am EXCITED about this recipe and yes, I do know what you mean. I've tried to make them before but they came out dry. Thanks for sharing!

  8. can't believe you are sick and makin' cookies. that just says it all. you are unstoppable.

    love the pillows and that cute little sign above the couch. probably feels awesome having some pretties around again:)

  9. Love the title of your recipe! I have to compete with Kevin's Nanny's baking too! On some things, I just don't even attempt it. But we had a pumpkin pie contest one thanksgiving and of the three entries, mine was considered the best ;-)

    I'll have to try your recipe. It looks delicious!

  10. I just love you! Thanks for the recipe :-).
    By the way, you're in our thoughts and prayers!

  11. Baking therapy is always a mood lifter in our house too - we are so blessed to have yummy things to eat and enjoy, and share with our neighbors. It's hard to be sad when cookies are coming out of the oven or being sent next door to brighten someone else's lonely day. I often spend time in prayer as I bake, and that is the best joy restorer of all! We love giant cookies too - the Big Fat Cookie Book (purchased at Sam's) is so much fun. All of the recipes cost a small fortune to make and make only 12-14 cookies, but we pull it out when we're feeling 'gourmet-ish' and have fun!
    I'm still praying that your house situation is soon resolved - remember, when God closes a door, He opens a hole in the ROOF - it's right there in Mark 2:1-5. It's estimated that there were 10,000 broken people seeking healing from Jesus - the door was blocked completely, but 4 men were not deterred - they went outside their comfort zone and tore a hole in the roof. God's answer to your problem may look nothing like the solution you envision, but it will be the very best for your family.

  12. I can't wait to try these!!

  13. yummo. Those look delicious! We love oatmeal cookies around here so we will definitely be trying these!! :)

  14. I wish I had some profound words of wisdom for you (besides I'm going to rush out and make oatmeal cookies). I'm sad right now, too. But I am standing with you, boldly (ok, maybe not boldly but louder than a whisper) staring at the unknown and declaring "God is on our side. We follow Him, where ever, whenever and however He leads."

  15. hey girlie~ I hope you're feeling a lot better! Those cookies looks delicious! Love the touches of yellow in your house!

  16. Made these cookies today and when my husband came home and saw them he said "oh yeah!" They are yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  17. just made them this afternoon! robbie and nate were both drooling!

  18. Ohhhh goodness, LOVE the photos of cookies and the fact you mentioned crispy exterior with soft interior had me SOLD - those are the best! I can never quite seem to get that out of other recipes I've tried! I've got a list of golden raisins and oats on my "To Get" market list... fingers crossed the weather will be nice enough to walk tomorrow. THANK YOU for sharing!

    Also, continuing to pray that there is some resolution to all the house unknown. So frustrating I'm sure... Wow. When you SAID you wanted a story... ;) I have a hopeful feeling that things will fall into place soon. God had great plans for you and your sweet family.

    LOVE the yellow throughout. :)

  19. Those cookies looks Delicious and I am with you, if you are going to make a cookie, make it big.

  20. Hi, I'm *Allie*!
    hope you can follow my blog sometime!

    Ooh! Your cookies look so GOOD! I love to bake, I find it calming :D

    Have a wonderful evening!


  21. I am commenting AGAIN to tell you I made these yesterday afternoon and they are beyond deelish!!!Took a whole tray over to my folks house for our Saturday lunch and my dad was just kickin' up his heels over them! You said it right - crispy on the outside chewy inside! YUM!!

  22. ohhh my goodness! i found your blog thru farmgirl paints!! i saw the recap on your spa visit! what fun!
    i cant wait to browse more around your site! it's adorable! xo