Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oct 25th, 2010 by Gemma

I did the unthinkable! I liked the look of an Alton Brown recipe so much I had to make it! It’s not that I don’t like Alton…. I just find his presentation style… irritating. He is however Michael’s tv boyfriend *grins* so the odd episode makes it my way.

This was from his latest episode on oats. Rather than using flour the oats are toasted and then ground down, it yielded a very nice chewy cookie that turned nice and crisp around the edges.

So, start off by toasting your oats. Lay them out on a tray and put them in the oven. You can do it in a pan but that only really works with small amounts. After about 10 minutes the kitchen will smell like porridge (or oatmeal). After 15-20 minutes depending on the amount, and your oven, it will smell like porridge that is starting to slightly burn. That’s actually when it’s done. You’ll see in the photos that none of the oats are actually burnt, they’re a nice toasty brown.

Leave them to cool a little, then take half of them and grind them up in a food processor, add the cinnamon, baking powder and salt and it will get well mixed in. Congratulations, you now have oat flour.

Now, cream the butter and the two sugars, but just until combined. Mix in the egg.

Next up mix in that lovely oat flour. My oats were still very warm so it made my mix liquidy.. I think I melted the butter a little. But they still turned out well so maybe that’s supposed to happen!

Lastly mix in the remaining oats you have that weren’t ground down, along with some raisins. I felt the cookies could have done with more raisins, but that’s personal preference.

Scoop out onto a baking sheet and bake for 12-16 minutes, rotating halfway through. They’ll be nice and golden around the edges. Take them out the oven and after cooling for a couple of minutes move to a cooling rack. They stayed soft for quite a while afterwards until they were fully cooled so take care.

Sit back and enjoy! Especially nice with a cool glass of milk.

Recipe – Courtesy of Alton Brown

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16oz Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1tsp Baking Powder
1tsp Ground Cinnamon
Pinch Salt
10oz Unsalted Butter
6oz Dark Brown Sugar
3.5oz Granulated Sugar
1 Large Egg
1tsp Vanilla Extract
4oz Raisins

Oven Temperature 375F

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