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Jamie Oliver's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


This is a really easy, fun and delicious recipe – anyone can make cookies! They’re a great thing to share with your friends and will taste much better than shop-bought cookie dough.
This is really easy to make fresh, but if you’re really busy you can freeze the dough, just defrost thoroughly before use – it’s a great thing to have up your sleeve for when you have unexpected guests.
Be creative and add your favorite mix-ins to the cookies – any kind of dried fruit, nuts or chocolate combination works a treat.
For round, flat cookies, just press the cookies with the palm of your hand after dropping them onto the baking sheet.

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  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing the pan
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups “old-fashioned” oats 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 to 2 baking sheets
  • Large bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Electric mixer, only if you have one
  • Bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Cooling rack, if you have one, or a large plate



Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease one or two baking sheets.
Cream the butter and the sugar together in a mixing bowl (by hand with a wooden spoon or using a handheld electric mixer) until fluffy. Beat in the egg. Stir in the vanilla extract, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a separate mixing bowl. Beat them into the butter mixture. Stir in the oats and raisins.
Drop the batter by slightly mounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet(s). Bake until lightly browned on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes.
Variation: Add ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut or 1 cup chocolate chips to the batter along with the oats and raisins

Serving suggestions: Delicious with a glass of ice cold milk.
Tips from the dietitian: Cookies can be enjoyed if you watch the amount and type of cookies you eat. These cookies are made with whole oats and whole wheat flour so they have some better qualities than mass produced cookies you can buy – those tend to be high in fat and sugar, and who knows what else goes into them!
Food safety: Eating raw cookie dough is not safe because it has raw egg in it. Raw eggs may contain salmonella which can cause health problems especially for people with compromised immune systems.

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