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Oatmeal Cookies


At Christmas time I like to share a classic cookie recipe that everyone loves. This year I’m sharing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies because it’s one of those cookies that never, ever goes out of style. I make them many times throughout the year, but I really like to include them in our Christmas cookie round-up.

The thing about a recipe like this is there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. I’ve made many oatmeal cookie recipes over the years and this one is the result of many little tweaks I’ve made that, I think, makes them taste even better. We prefer our oatmeal cookies to have great texture and almost caramel-like flavors. This means every bite is a burst of cinnamon infused toffee with chewy, sweet raisins. They are soft without being mushy, and still hold up well when dunked in a glass of milk.

When it comes to putting together your Christmas cookie plate you can never go wrong including these. I like to make sure my holiday cookie plate has a balance of chocolatey cookies, something salty and sweet like a bark, a shortbread, a few kid favorites, and these. The goal is to have a variety of cookies and sweets everyone can choose from. It also helps when you take a moment to look at the visual composition, a range of colors and textures always makes a cookie plate more appealing.small.

If you’re putting together a grazing table that’s both sweet and savory, these cookies are a great addition. I’ve also packaged them in boxes and jars to be given to teachers, helpers, and coaches. They always love them! There’s no limit to how you can include these in your gift-giving plans.

Best of all, these cookies are great for kids to bake themselves. They aren’t difficult or delicate and they always turn out well. You’ll have a great time making them for your family and friends this holiday season!



Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

We love a classic cookie recipe and this is one might just be our favorite. I think it has just the right balance of rich toffee nuts, soft oatmeal, and chewy raisins. These are great for the holiday season or any time of year!


Makes 3 – 4 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed

  • 1 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 1 cup raisins

  • 1 package of semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions:1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease them, set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. This takes about 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Stir in the rolled oats, raisins and chocolate chips. The dough should be thick and well-mixed.4. Drop rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets. You can use a cookie scoop or your hands. You can gently flatten each cookie with the back of a fork if you prefer a flatter shape.5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies turn golden brown but the centers are still slightly soft. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely. Enjoy!



Nikki Glekas is the owner of Nikki Glekas Events, a full-service catering and events company located in Stamford, CT.. To discuss further please contact team@nikkiglekascollective.com or call 203.658.8659.

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