Whenever I want a simple cookie without chocolate I turn to Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. They are a bit of an old fashioned cookie but I love how soft they are and the taste of the cinnamon with the chewy oats and the little bursts of raisins. My husband also enjoys a good oatmeal raisin cookie. So when I found out that this month's Creative Cookie theme was Chips, Chunks, or Bits, I knew right away I wanted to do an oatmeal raisin cookie.
However, in order to make these cookies have even more chips, chunks, or bits in them, I wanted to add a few more ingredients. Since butterscotch always goes well with oatmeal I first added butterscotch chips. Now I didn't add a ton of butterscotch chips because I didn't want them to overwhelm the actual flavor of the cookies. I added just enough to give the cookies a little bit of butterscotch flavor.
Then I added in some pecans. I figured the pecans would add a bit of flavor and a whole lot of crunch. To finish them cookies off I took the idea of old fashioned iced oatmeal cookies and I gave them a simple powdered sugar glaze. The result was an amazing gourmet oatmeal raisin cookie. I call this a gourmet cookie because it reminds me of one of those big cookies you buy for $2.50 a piece at the local bakery or cookie shop. The good news is that you can make a whole batch of these cookies for around $6 or $7.
While these cookies are sweet, surprisingly they aren't overly sweet. I think it's because the nuts and the oats take away from some of the sugar and tone it down a bit. Even with the icing it these cookies aren't too sweet. They are slightly crisp on the edges but the insides are so soft and chewy. They are a great cookie to serve with tea or coffee.
- 2 c. oats
- 2 c. flour
- 1 T. baking powder
- 2 t. cinnamon
- ½ t. nutmeg
- 1 t. salt
- 1 c. butter (2 sticks), softened
- 1 c. sugar
- ½ c. brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ c. raisins
- ½ c. pecans, chopped
- ¼ c. butterscotch chips
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 1 t. vanilla
- 2-3 T. milk
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium bowl combine the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
- In a large bowl cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Add in the eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition, until combined.
- Add the oat mixture to the butter mixture and stir until combined.
- Gently fold in the raisins, pecans, and butterscotch chips.
- Drop a tablespoon of cookie batter onto cookie sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the edges are brown.
- Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- Once the cookies are cool prepare the icing by combining the powdered sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Add in the milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is thick but spreadable.
- Dunk the top of each cookie into the icing and let the excess drip off. Flip over and place on wire rack so excess can drip off.
I've shared a gourmet version of one of my favorite cookies now I want to hear from you! What is your favorite type of cookie?
The theme this month is Chips, Chunks or Bits! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links. Please be patient though, as this month Laura is off to Italy and will not be checking email quite as often!
You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes--be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
- Banana Pudding Bars from Study at Home Mama
- Cherry and Chocolate Chip Scones from Spiceroots
- Chocolate Andes Mint Chip Cookies from Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Chocolate Stout and Pretzel Cookies from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
- Flourless Dark Chocolate Espresso Oatmeal Cookies from Rhubarb and Honey
- Gourmet Iced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Hazelnut Espresso Cookies from 2 Cookin' Mamas
- Lemon Bits Oatmeal Cookies from Our Good Life
- Nibbed Caramel Blondies from What Smells So Good?
- Nutty Bits Cookies from Basic N Delicious
- Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies from Noshing With The Nolands
- Rocky Road Cookies from Upstate Ramblings
- Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies from Magnolia Days
- Strawberry n White Choc Chunk Blondies from Baking in Pyjamas
- Trail Mix Cookies from Holly at A Baker's House
- Uncle Hector's 100 Cookies from Food Lust People Love