Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The fall hit fast this week and it's a chilly rainy Saturday. We did chores this morning, then Brian left to play football with friends and the baby took a great nap. That meant that someone had a spontaneous spark of cozy domesticity and decided on a whim to make cookies. WITH two of the kids. The littlers have been ALL about helping me in the kitchen lately and believe it or not, it hasn't been horrible. It's kind of fun, actually, and it's been a good way to connect with them. I even broke my rule of only allowing one to help at a time (because fights and low patience) so both David and the Luke helped out with this batch.

Let's be honest, what I was really craving was chocolate chip cookie dough. But alas, no chocolate chips and a baby who is slightly affected by my consumption of chocolate meant that I turned to my oatmeal raisin standby instead. Which seems to fit the autumn-esque feel to our house today better anyway. I thought I'd share my little recipe here today in case you happen to also be feeling the domestic vibe flowing.

1 c. softened butter
3/4 c. brown sugar (I often lower it to 1/2 c.)
1/2 c. white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour (I use white whole wheat)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
(If I'm feeling crazy I might add some allspice or nutmeg or cloves.)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 c. rolled oats
1 c. raisins

Preheat oven to 350. Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy then add eggs and vanilla and beat some more.  In a separate bowl sift together Just kidding, I never do that but it's probably, I don't know, nice or something. I just throw it all in the same bowl and trust that everything gets well integrated. They're cookies not some intricate fragile masterpiece. Anyway, go all daring and add the flour, cinnamon, soda, and salt right in that same bowl and mix until…mixed. Then add the oats and raisins and mix again. Drop 'em by the tablespoon onto a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.  

The end.  

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