A batch of freshly baked homemade cookies is a life saver for those rushed mornings. Baking for me is therapeutic so love to bake over the weekends and have a snack/breakfast ready for the week. For this weekend, I baked these crunchy and chewy Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies. Absolutely love these cookies. They have oats, walnuts, raisins which are the good/healthy ingredients along with the bad ones like like sugar and butter. But not so bad as these will get distributed in 20 to 24 cookies. Much better than buying the store bought ones as we know whats gone in making them. Love to sit by the porch with my tea and these cookies to dip in it and enjoy the morning sun. Quick and lovely way to start a day.
Now to the recipe...
Ingredients: (Makes 20-24 cookies)
7 tbsp of butter at room temperature
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup regular granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder (optional)
1 and 1/2 cups uncooked Quick or Old fashioned Oats (have used Old fashioned oats)
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350F. In a clean dry bowl add the dry ingredients like all purpose flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and give it a good mix. Keep aside this dry flour mix.
Now in a bowl add the butter, brown and white sugar and beat with a hand mixer or the paddle attachment of the stand mix until creamy. Or for an additional workout try mixing it with a wooden spoon but that would take time. Now scrape the sides of the bowl and then add the egg and vanilla extract and mix again till well incorporated. Add this dry flour mix to the butter mixture and mix well. Now add the raisins walnuts and oats and mix. Mix well.
Place a tbsp of the batter on the baking tray about inch and half apart. Then using fingers press the dough to flatten it. Add some raisins on top if you like. Bake on ungreased baking tray for about 8 to 10 mins or until you see the edges turning golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool on the tray for 1-2 mins and then transfer on to wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled completely store in airtight container.
That's it, our crunchy and chewy Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies are ready. Eat these on its own or with a glass of milk or tea/coffee for breakfast/snacks. Enjoy!!