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Question #14384 posted on 04/11/2005 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm trying to find a good recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies, preferably one that produces cookies similar to the ones at Great Harvest. Y'all gave me some wonderful chocolate-chip cookie recipes in the past; can you help me out this time as well?

- pippin galadriel moonchild

A: Dear Pippin Galadriel Moonchild,

I'll admit right off that I haven't tried the Great Harvest oatmeal raisin cookies, and I never, ever make oatmeal raisin cookies because raisins are one of the things I most detest in life. I cannot stand the taste, smell, or texture of raisins, even if they are buried within the chewiest, moistest, most flavorful oatmeal cookie in the world.

But I do have several great oatmeal cookie recipes that I'm willing to share with you. I usually add chocolate chips (if anything), but I'm sure they'd be great with raisins, if that's what you're looking for.

Oatmeal (Raisin) Cookie Recipe #1

This is one of my favorites - I think I got it off the back of a bag of Ghiradelli chocolate chips a long time ago, so I ought to give credit where credit is due. I even made half a batch with raisins one time (gag), and my raisin-eating roommates loved it.

1 1/4 cup margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups uncooked oats
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, or 1 cup raisins

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cream margarine with sugars. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir flour with baking soda, salt, and spices-mix with creamed mixture. Stir in oats. Fold in chocolate chips or raisins. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto cookie sheets. Bake 8 minutes.

Oatmeal (Raisin) Cookie Recipe #2

This is my mom's famous recipe. I don't know where she got it, but these are the cookies I grew up on. It's originally an oatmeal chocolate chip recipe, and I think it's less conducive to adding raisins than the other recipes, but you may want to try it anyway.

1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon hot water
2 cups oatmeal
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips

Sift together flour, soda, and salt-set aside. Cream shortening and sugars. Add eggs and hot water. Add flour mixture, then oatmeal. Mix in vanilla and chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes.

Oatmeal (Raisin) Cookie Recipe #3

This is probably my favorite oatmeal cookie receipe. I actually made these (sans raisins) for the very first 100 Hour Board party that I ever attended, and either they all liked them or they were just being nice because I was new :).

1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups flour
3 cups oatmeal
1 cup raisins

Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Stir in dry ingredients. Drop onto cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Oatmeal (Raisin) Cookie Recipe #4

Okay, actually this is a recipe for Oatmeal Apple Cookies, but the original recipe does have raisins in it. They're different, and definitely worth trying if you have a little extra time for chopping apples.

1 1/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup butter-flavored shortening
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup flour
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup diced, peeled apples
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Combine brown sugar, shortening, egg, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well-blended. Combine flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and nutmeg. Add gradually to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended. Stir in, one at a time, oats, apples, raisins and nuts with spoon. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake for 13 minutes or until set. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet before removing to cooling rack.

Anyway, that's about all the tried-and-true oatmeal cookie recipes I have in my personal cookbook. Enjoy!