Monday, May 11, 2015

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

 It was a rainy Mother's Day and tea is indoors today, but that didn't stop us from having my very favorite cookie of all time!  Tulips are always so cheerful and polka dots make everyone happy! I love how the green in the plate picks up the green trim in the teacup. 


I'm using a cup that my dear Mom gifted to me from her collection.  I've shared it before, but I just love this Royal Albert bouquet of flowers, and I'm wishing I could be with my Mom, in Ohio.

Here's my all-time favorite cookie and one that I never get tired of eating.  I scoop the dough into balls and freeze them on parchment paper, pop them into a freezer-proof bag and bake them fresh, as needed.  Baking frozen balls of cookies really seems to keep cookies from spreading so much. 


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (from Neiman Marcus)

2 sticks butter, softened                                 
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. almond extract
2 cups flour
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
3 cups oatmeal
1 & 1/2 cups dark raisins
1 & 1/2 cups golden raisins

Place the butter, brown sugar & sugar in the bowl of electric mixer, fitted with paddle attachment.  Beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds., until the mixture is fluffy.  Turn down the speed to low & add the eggs & the extracts.  Beat for about 30 seconds longer.
In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda & salt.  Add to the mixer, while beating on low speed & beat for about 15 seconds, stopping the mixer once to scrape down the sides.  Add the oatmeal & raisins & beat for about 15 seconds longer.
(I am going to tell you how I do the next part, which isn't according to the cookbook.)

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the dough & put onto parchment-lined baking sheets.  Refrigerate the cookie balls on the sheets for about an hour.  Gently press out the dough with the back of your hand.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.  Makes about 30 cookies.

NOTE:  Often I will put the shaped cookie balls on the baking sheets & put into the freezer.  When the cookie balls are frozen, I transfer them to freezer-proof plastic bags.  When I'm ready for a warm cookie, I put the cookie on parchment and bake for a few extra minutes. 

 I hope all of you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

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Thank you for your visit!  xo


  1. Your favorite cookie recipes sounds wonderful Kitty esecially served with tea in your sweet Royal Albert teacup! I love the idea of freezing balls of cookie dough, convenient for baking off just a few for a cookie emergency :) I hope your Mother's Day was delightful. ♥

  2. I love these cookies. I just had to pin them.

    A belated Happy Mother's Day. Sorry for all the rain/bad weather. If I had my way I would take all the excess rain. We are having such a drought here in CA.

  3. Hi Kitty. Back so I can comment! I LOVE your pretty! And who deosn't love oatmeal of my favorites too! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  4. I had to smile when I saw your oatmeal see, my grandpa Don LOVES oatmeal cookies as you know he is having surgery tomorrow so he has been on my mind a lot lately :) I will have to make these for him when he gets back home.

    Have a beautiful Monday, my friend. Love to you!

  5. Your cookies sound delicious. Oatmeal raisin is such a great combination. Sweet teacup from your mom. Hope your week is full of joy, Kitty.

  6. Hi Kitty,
    Your oatmeal raisin cookies look so yummy! Cookies and tea are my favourite! Your Royal Albert Teacup is very pretty - such a beautiful colour! Happy Tea Day and I wish that you could have seen your mother in Ohio too! Karen

  7. Love everything...from the delicious cookie, to the adorable green plate, the pretty tulip, the teacup...everything! This is my hubby's favorite cookie and I WILL be making it for him soon...printing! Thanks for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck too.

  8. Yummy! Oatmeal raisin is my favorite too, even more than chocolate chip! I think I'm the only one in my house who likes them, lol....but I do adore them, especially with walnuts added in! Yours look just perfect with your lovely china! Neiman's has the best cookies, don't they....and their chocolate covered potato chips are absolutely sinful!! :0)

  9. Cookies and tea, you always create perfect tablescapes. Also your comment to me are alway so sweet and enjoyable to recieve. Glad it is dry today, more rain coming God is filling our lakes with needed water.

  10. Yum...I can almost smell these delicious cookies baking. Oatmeal raisin are my brother's favorite. I've never used almond extract in mine before. Look forward to trying this recipe in two weeks when he comes to visit. Your multicolored tulips are so pretty. They're my favorite flowers and really hard to find here this spring so I can enjoy looking at yours. Have a nice week. ~Nora

  11. "... bake them fresh, as needed"... Well, you know I understand that need! Sorry to hear it was a rainy Mother's Day but it looks like you set up a perky little treat for yourself:@)

  12. Your top picture is very pretty. I like your Royal Albert teacup and glad you were still able to enjoy Mother's day.


  13. Very nice teacup and I love the polkadot plate with white trim! Now I must confess that I'm more of a chocolate chip cookie gal, but I'd be willing to sample your oatmeal raisin cookies!

  14. I have never heard that tip before Kitty, about freezing cookie dough so it doesn't spread too fast~very clever and I love the thought of having dough stashed away for a freshly baked cookie when ever desired! Love that green plate with the tulip~ hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day~

  15. Love oatmeal cookies! Do you ever add pecans? I always add them too. :) Your tea cup and saucer are beautiful! I love polka dots too. It really was a miserable day yesterday wasn't it? Hope everything went well for you.


  16. Mmm, your favourite cookie looks wonderful, Kitty. Your setting is so fresh and pretty too. Cookies and tea, can't beat that treat! Thank you for joining me for tea and enjoy this new week, sweet friend.


  17. Nicely colour coordinated with your china and I like the adorable bear joining you for tea this week. I think some of the cinnamon chips might be nice in your cookie recipe Kitty.

  18. I love that green tea cup. I have never seen that design before. I just had my cookies so I felt it was safe to visit, without feeling an overwhelming desire to eat more sweets. That is the feeling I always get when I visit. You are an amazing cook. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  19. What a pretty scene...the tulips are so colorful. Rabbits ate every single one of my red ones...never touched the yellow though. I'd love to get some in that color of yours.
    Thanks for the recipe for the cookies. Everything you make is always sooo tempting, Kitty. YUM!

  20. Pretty teacup! I love Oatmeal Raisin cookies. Now you got me wanting to make some!

  21. Such a beautiful cup....:)
    I love these cookies, too...and sometimes, with cranberries...:)

  22. Thank you, dearest friend, for sharing with Roses of Inspiration :) Love to you!

  23. Hi Kitty:
    I thought that cup and saucer looked very familiar and now I remember why. I have one just like it in my shop right now - of course it is hand painted and lovely. Your recipe is really nice and wouldn't these be good in a brown bag lunch for kids. Healthy too!

  24. Happy Mother's Day, Kitty! I love oatmeal cookies! I spy a Boyds' Bear I think! :-)

  25. Hi There Kitty,

    Happy Belated Mother's Day to you!! It sounds like you had a nice one. It rained here too, but later in the day the sun came out. :) I LOVE your beautiful Royal Albert teacup and saucer and all your polka dots, too. I'm definitely a polka dot kinda girl. :-D The stuffed rabbit is so pretty -- it reminds me of the Bearington rabbits I have.

    Thanks for sharing your cookie recipe -- it looks delish! We have a favorite family oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe that I plan to share on the blog one day. I like to use a scooper for mine too. I hope you're having nice weather there and have a great day, my friend!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  26. Dear Kitty, I did think this cookie was a perfect choice for Mothers Day! As what wonderful memories we have had made for us growing up and making and eating them...
    They are also so satisfying and very healthy (right!) So we can eat more than one LOL
    Hugs, Roxy

  27. Your favorite cookie? I'm taking notice!

  28. Love that green tea cup And I love Oatmeal. Cookies and raisins but no one else does around here. So I barely get nuts or raisins in anything. Thanks for sharing Happy Wednesday with love Janice

  29. Oatmeal - raisin is a favorite of mine, too. I love the tip of rolling the dough into balls and freezing them! So nice to just bake a couple at a time :) Your Royal Albert is very pretty - I love the soft colors. Tulips are so pretty, too. I need to buy myself some before the season ends. Hope your week is lovely. It is raining here, too. xo Hugs, Karen

  30. Oatmeal raisin cookies are my breakfast food! LOL. I tell myself it's like a granola bar. Hope you are doing well with all the rain. xxoo

  31. Hi Kitty, your recipe looks just yummy. I like that it has dark and golden raisins. I love golden raisins. Oatmeal cookies are my husband's favorite.

  32. Hi Kitty, your recipe looks just yummy. I like that it has dark and golden raisins. I love golden raisins. Oatmeal cookies are my husband's favorite.

  33. Yes please! I'll have a couple with my morning coffee...are you bringing them to me? =) I AM going to make these for my hubs soon. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Hope you enjoy a great weekend. I'm speaking for a Mother/Dau tea at a church in another town tomorrow. Hugs to you. XO

  34. Hi Kitty, Oatmeal raisin cookies are my husband's favorite and his Nana always made them especially for him. I never make them but I should try--maybe for Father's Day! The addition of almond extract is interesting. I like the emergency cookie idea. I could do this with my favorite chocolate chip too! Linda

  35. I just love how you said that 'polka dots make everyone happy'...oh, so true!
    Your tea set is so elegant, Kitty and your raisin cookies look too delicious for words!
    Have a very blessed weekend and lots of love!

  36. Adorable! And I will be trying the recipe - Love the tip about freezing them. Great idea.

  37. Thanks for the tip about freezing the cookie dough Kitty. I just made my son his favorite, oatmeal scotchies, and noticed they spread a little too much, so I will have to try this.
    What a pretty tea cup!

  38. Yummy recipe. One of my most fave cookies. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

  39. I do love a good oatmeal raisin cookie Kitty! I'll have to try that freezer idea. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  40. Kitty, that is my favorite kind of oatmeal cookie -- no chocolate chips, just raisins! I do the freezing the dough balls thing, too. Isn't it just the best thing when someone says I wish I had some oatmeal cookies right now and you can say you'll have them ready in no time?!

  41. Good Morning Kitty,
    First let me tell you how good that Oatmeal Raisin Cookie looks, sure wish I had it right now with my coffee. Do you ever remember having this much rain all at one time, my goodness. We came home from attending a Granddaughter's Graduation in Oklahoma on Saturday, in between tornado's, I was never so grateful to get home. Stay safe and dry! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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