I love having an excuse to bake.

& don’t worry.

There are a lot of things that work as excuses.

Birthdays, of course.  Anniversaries.

But sometimes the best excuse is that it is a Wednesday.

Wednesdays are meant for a little baking.  Especially this past week.


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Stir this into the butter/sugar mixture. Stir in the oats, raisins and walnuts.

At this point you can either chill the dough for a bit in the fridge and then scoop it.  You could also bake them right away, if you’re impatient, but I do find that they end up slightly less thick.

The cookies should be two inches apart. Bake them for 10 to 12 minutes (your baking time will vary, depending on your oven & if you chilled the dough, taking them out when golden at the edges but still a little undercooked-looking on top. Let them sit on the hot baking sheet for five minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Enjoy!  Hope it brightens your week like it did mine.  Also, they’re a delicious addition to breakfast.  Oats + raisins?  Totally healthy…

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