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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies

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Chocolate covered raisins are one of my favorite candies. Usually, I'll choose the fruity candies over the chocolate (Swedish Fish, Dots, Candy Corn...), but I find chocolate covered raisins irresistible. I recall one August before my second year of college when my best friend and roommate, Kacey, and I devoured one of those giant containers of chocolate covered raisins that you can find at CostCo or Sam's Club. I remember eating handful after handful until two days later I reached my hand in to (shamefully) find it empty! Given my love for these chewy little candies, I immediately saved this recipe when I stumbled upon it, almost a year ago now. When Ryan gave me raisinets in my stocking this Christmas, this recipe came to mind and I jumped at the chance to make it.

These were so yummy! They're very dense and at first I worried they were too hard, but after finishing my first, I loved their sweet flavor and chewy texture. In fact they were still good several days later and I was pretty sad when I ate the last one. I think I'll be buying raisinets more often...

Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies
recipe from Picky Palate (great blog!)
**makes 3 dozen cookies

-1 stick butter, softened
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup granulated sugar
-1 egg
-1/2 tsp vanilla
-1 1/2 cups flour
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 cup quick oats (I used old fashioned oats)
-2 3.5 oz. boxes Raisinets (I used 1 box milk chocolate and 1 box dark chocolate)

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt, and oats. Slowly add to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in raisinets.
4. Scoop dough onto prepared cookie sheets and bake for 9-10 minutes (mine took longer on my silpat lined sheet). Cool on baking sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.