Each year I ask my husband what cookies he wants me to make for Christmas. His typical response is whatever you want to make. This year I decided to surprise him when he got home from work with a nice chewy oatmeal raisin cookie! This is a new recipe I tried and it definitely is a keeper! But before I get to the recipe, I would like to share a few more of our favorite Christmas decorations.
Below is a picture of our Charlie Brown ice rink where they skate around the rink when you turn it on. It is such a pretty scene!
Below are the little Victorian girl and boy ornament that is on our Christmas tree.
Below are a couple more of the Santas that I painted with a plate of Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.
Now on to the recipe!
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
3/4-cup all-purpose flour
1-teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2-teaspoon baking powder
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons molasses
1 large egg
1-teaspoon vanilla (I make mine with Rum and a vanilla bean)
Combine the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In a separate large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and molasses with a mixer until fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour mixture and beat until combined. Stir in the raisins by hand.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Form the dough into balls using about 1 – 2 tablespoonful depending upon desired size of the final cookie. Place about 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten with the back of a fork. Bake until the cookies are golden, 15 to 17 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes on the baking sheets, and then transfer to racks to cool completely.