No matter what type of cookie I bake, it always comes back to an oatmeal cookie. The boy is away working for the summer and sends messages – Please, send cookies! For future reference, a little ‘Hi Mom’ gets you a long way, my son!
I had been wanting to try Ina Garten’s Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies from Back to Basics for a while, so here we go!
- 1 1/2 cups pecans
- 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1 1/2 cups raisins
NOTE: We are not really raisin fans in our house, so I swapped out the raisins for dried cherries.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the pecans on a sheet pan and bake for 5 minutes, until crisp. Set aside to cool. Chop very coarsely.
NOTE: I solved this pain by buying already chopped pecans from Trader Joe’s.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla.
Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together into a medium bowl. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Add the oats, raisins, and pecans and mix just until combined.
Using a small ice-cream scoop or a tablespoon, drop 2-inch mounds of dough onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper. Flatten slightly with a damp hand. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned. Transfer the cookies to a baking rack and cool completely.
NOTE: I will definitely make this again. I didn’t do the flattening part – just seemed a little silly. These cookies don’t spread much, so maybe I will flatten them a little next time. These travel really well so they’re great for shipping. My only dislike is there is no chocolate in them …