2 oatmeal cookies–one traditional, one not so much

A fellow WordPress blogger set a lofty goal for herself in committing to read 52 books in 2014. An avid reader as well, I pledged to join her. While I read a fair amount of food-related fare (culinary mysteries are faves), I enjoy genres of all sorts.

Take my most recent read: Before Green Gables. The prequel to the series of Anne and her adventures on Prince Edward Island, it covers the span from just before her birth to her arrival on PEI. It’s a tale that speaks to the spirit of the underdog as well as how hard life was in earlier centuries.

Though there was no direct food connection, Anne’s story made me crave cookies. Molasses, oatmeal, and other old-school favorites were mentioned in its pages. I wanted a plate of old-school, from-scratch, homemade cookies. Oatmeal seemed the thing and despite a disdain for raisins in baked goods (which I’ve learned many of you wholeheartedly share), I had to have me some oatmeal raisin cookies.

yes, they have raisins, but they're so good!

yes, they have raisins, but they’re tasty!

The recipe came from Susan G. Purdy’s The Family Baker. I followed directions for the extra-chewy version, soaking the raisins in beaten eggs and vanilla for an hour before stirring into the batter. Note that this version replaces 1/2 cup butter with an equal amount of shortening, though coconut oil works if shortening isn’t happening in your kitchen. These are lovely cookies, chewy and sweet. Pair them with a glass of milk and call it breakfast.

And the other oatmeal cookie? This one was found in Bartender’s Black Book, purchased ten or so years ago as my first foray into cocktails. I remember well the winter weekend my husband and I were snowbound with a sick baby. We watched movies to pass the time, but my recently purchased spiral-bound bar guide called to me and I flipped through, imagining the cocktails I could create if only I had the booze.

The following weekend we were still snowbound and baby was still sick. Tired of winter, tired of sick, it was time to make my cocktail dream reality. After making notes of recipes I wanted to try along with spirits to buy, I ventured out the few blocks to a local liquor store and came home with ingredients for an Oatmeal Cookie.

oatmeal cookie squared

an oatmeal cookie served with oatmeal cookies

In the spirit of cocktail evolution, I more recently dressed this drink up after Attempts at Domesticity posted this marvelous concoction on deLizious facebook. A cap of marshmallow fluff and brief spin in the microwave made for a steamy and sweet cookie cocktail. No surprise that it pairs perfectly with treats that Anne (with an “e”) would most certainly have enjoyed.

before heating

before heating

30 seconds later

30 seconds later

what a way to drink!

what a glorious drink!

Extra-Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats

In medium bowl, whisk together eggs and vanilla. Add raisins; stir to coat. Let soak 1 hour.

Heat oven to 350Β°F. In large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.

In mixing bowl, beat together butter, shortening, and granulated and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add soaked raisin mixture; beat to blend. Slowly beat in flour mixture just until dry ingredients are incorporated. Stir in oats.

Drop batter inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12 to 16 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets 1 minute; transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely. Makes 5 dozen cookies.

Oatmeal Cookie Cocktail

  • 2 ounces half-and-half
  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 ounce JΓ€germeister
  • 1 ounce cinnamon schnapps
  • Large spoonful marshmallow fluff

In microwave-safe drinking glass or mug, stir together all ingredients except marshmallow fluff. Top with fluff, spooning to seal rim of glass. Microwave, watching carefully, 30 seconds or until warm and fluff is puffed but hasn’t yet overflowed.

63 thoughts on “2 oatmeal cookies–one traditional, one not so much

  1. yayyyyyy — I’m so glad you tried it! Before I read the full description I thought it was just whipped cream but it’s fluff! It looks awesome. As much as I want one of those cookies (I happen to LOVE raisins solo or in baked goods) I want that drink even more. Cheers to a great cocktail reboot! I bet it’s fantastic.

    • Hey, J πŸ™‚ I love how everything always seems to come together. Your fluff topping tip tied it all up with such a pretty bow! That’s a great trick for coffee, cocoa, warm boozy drinks, etc. The heat seals the fluff and it’s like the middle of a s’more without the chocolate and graham cracker. And the ‘mallow has always been my favorite part so there you go.

      Thanks for putting the cocktail post up on deLiz. I’m making the DS today with my leftover morning coffee!

  2. Both the cookies and cocktail look scrumptious! I too tend to stay away from raisins in baked goods (or pretty much anything), but I’d never turn away a chewy oatmeal raisin cookie πŸ˜€ The cookie cocktail truly does look glorious! I must try making a drink like this sometime. Thanks for sharing, Liz!

    • Thanks, Ada. Not sure why oatmeal raisin cookies are better than plain oatmeal cookies–especially when I don’t like raisins so much. ?? Ah well, some mysteries best left unsolved.

      I think the marshmallow fluff (fluff, not “creme”–this is important πŸ˜‰ ) trick would work on any hot drink. It’s a fun and edible science experiment πŸ™‚

    • tons of fun, I agree. I think more food and drink should come with a fluffy marshmallow cap.

      On other matters: Went to the liquor store yesterday for another bottle of Noilly Prat and they don’t have it anymore!!! What to do? Need to get me some, so will keep hunting. That really is tasty stuff and always appreciate the recommend.

  3. Wow that’s a lot of books to attempt to read. I wish I had that kind of time on my hands. The cocktail looks great by the way. And who doesn’t love a great homemade cookie! πŸ™‚

    • lol, LFFL πŸ˜‰ I remember a post of your where you talked about all the time you spent on the computer. Could trade some of that for book time πŸ˜‰ Though I don’t read like I used to. Spending a lot more time online and stay up late enough that I pass out the moment I close my eyes, so no more before-bed reading time. Just the same, love books.

      And cocktails and cookies! So appreciate you being here and sharing the fun.

      • This is true, Liz. I could pretty much swap all this computer time out for pretty much anything else and maybe I’d get more accomplished. πŸ™‚ Before bed reading is hard anyway. Daytime would be better for me.

  4. Good luck with the reading! I read quite a bit lately too, my iPad is my best friend on the treadmill and elliptical! Those cookies look so yummy, I love oatmeal raisin and oatmeal butterscotch…getting a craving now. And that cocktail, yummy! I was just at the liquor store yesterday, like a kid in the candy store!

    • Mama! So much in common as that’s when I get most of my reading done, too–those indoor workout hamster wheels. Was wishing I could take a run outside, but temps bitter cold.

      What do you like to read?

      Also agree the liquor store is a candy store for grownups. Don’t tell anyone this (especially my mom, haha), but when I’ve had enough of my kids and need to walk out, I go the neighborhood liquor store. (leaving the kids in my husband’s capable care, of course) There’s always something special I have my eye on (latest purchase was Licor 43 πŸ™‚ ) and I figure if I save it until I feel I earned it by dealing with whatever it is I’m dealing with the kiddos, it’ll be an extra-special treat.

      Always fun to read your comments–thanks for coming over.

      • I admit that most of what I red while working out is mindless, frequently romance. I also like murder mysteries, war themes and classics. If there is any food theme I love it too! Glad you liked the Licor 43. I tried to make some but it tastes more like vanilla vodka. Also good, just not what I was going for. Next I need to make chocolate liqueur. I just made Irish cream last week and liked the results. I think I see a chocolate martini post in honor of Valentine’s Day…. Indeed the liquor store is fun. I took my 3 year old since I rarely get out alone! I remember going with my dad when I was a kid, we always used to get those pretzel rods and pretend they were cigars!

  5. Yum! Look at all that! I hated when my babies were sick too! Booze probably cured a worry or two out of my head. This drink looks so great with that topping. And I always love an oatmeal cookie πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Susan! Looking forward to learning more about vegan from your blog.

      Haha, the booze curing the worries. Up until the purchase of that bartender’s guide–and that was just 10 years ago–I hardly ever drank. But seems that having kids drove me to it πŸ˜‰ And it marshmallow fluff if floating on top, all the better.

  6. Good luck with the reading challenge. I’ll have to check your first book out as I’m a huge fan of Anne of Green Gables.

    The cookies and cocktail make me want to lick my computer screen! I love the idea of microwaving marshmallow fluff. What a great idea.

    • Figured you’d be an Anne fan, F(annie)! The prequel isn’t as compelling as the actual series as was written by a different author, but still enjoyed. Want my kids to read it, too, so they can see how easy they have it.

      Did your gluten-free cookbook arrive? Have you found a good flour mix? See that even Betty Crocker is in on the act now, as saw a GF mix in a mainstream supermarket. You’re in good company.

      • Love what you did with the parentheses!

        Regarding the cookbook, I’m sitting on pins an needles! I received an e-mail yesterday saying it is in the printing process and I should see it around the end of the month or the beginning of February. I’ll keep you posted!

    • So glad the “fun” part comes through as that’s pretty much why I’m here! Thanks for coming over. You mentioned being in Chicago. That’s on our List of potential getaway spots, so would love to look you up if we make the trip anytime soon. Or at least get amazing food recommends.

      • Yes to both! This city is full of amazing dining options of every description, and I would love to meet up and share a meal. πŸ™‚ Not sure if you were thinking of bringing the whole family but it’s also a great place to visit with kids with tons of fun stuff to do. Let me know if you decide to make the trip!

    • Thanks, Shanna. You MUST check out the Dirty Santa that Attempts put on deLiz facebook (the link is in post above, too). I have cooled coffee waiting and will dig out the bourbon this afternoon. Looking forward to my afternoon treat πŸ™‚ Hope your day goes well.

  7. Best of luck with your reading goal, I’m sure you can do it!! LOVE oatmeal cookies and that drink, OMG, holy cow it sounds great except for the jagermeister, long story but I have an aversion to it, I would sub something else. What fun topping with marshmallow fluff.

    • lol, Suzanne–I think there are quite a few of us with Jagermeister (or tequila) aversions! There was another Oatmeal Cookie recipe in the book you might like better (3/4 ounce each Kahlua, Irish cream, cinnamon schnapps; also dash of milk or cream, though I’d add more than a dash). And then cap it off with marshmallow fluff πŸ™‚

    • and you’ll add beer? πŸ˜‰

      My husband brewed with a bunch of friends last weekend and came home with some fun beers. Wish I could share some with you. Forgetting exactly what they are. One hoppy, one more dark, then something else. We enjoyed them while watching the Superbowl and was sorry to see Broncos go down. Was hoping they’d win!

      • Awesome! That sounds like loads of fun! Ya, of course beer in the oatmeal cookies πŸ˜€ I already posted the recipe and will probably use the same one when making again!

    • I read the series in elementary school myself, so a very very long time ago. This prequel made me want to go back and re-read. Thanks for coming over Jenny πŸ™‚

  8. Oh my gosh. LIZ! We share a love for Anne-with-an-e. I’ve read through the original books, twice for some of them. We also share a disdain for raisins in baked goods—unless it’s bread pudding.

    And I had no idea there was an oatmeal cookie cocktail! Where has it been all my life. YUM.

    Thanks for the mention, lovely! πŸ™‚

    • I’m a lovely? So happy about that πŸ™‚ We do share more than a few things in common, Kaela. And was thinking about this cookie cocktail bit: Why not make other kidns? Oreo cocktail? fudge strip cocktail? chocolate-covered marshmallow puff cocktail? Chocolate chip cookie cocktail? The possibilities are truly endless πŸ˜€

  9. Cinnamon schnapps! That is one cocktail I must try. Isn’t it funny how some books make you crave food? Our Sicilian phase almost always coincides with me reading some Sicilian detective fiction where the food is as important as the crime.

  10. Geez Liz…I’m a little behind these days! So glad to found this fabulous post for sure! Love the idea of Sarah G. Purdy’s “soaked raisin’ cookie. Ahem…but the bartender’s black book cookie is, well, something very special. A “sweet cookie cocktail”? I love it.

    • As long as you come by, it doesn’t matter when πŸ™‚ Do you have the black book, too? A lot of the drinks seem a bit hokey, but it’s a great way to get inspired. (And drunk, haha, though that’s not what it’s about for me–too old for those games.) Raising a glass of oatmeal cookie to you!

  11. Stop it. Stop it right now. C’mon Liz..you’re killin’ me. Though, I suppose it’s my fault for daring to read your post while cooped up at work. I just kind of want to disappear in that fluff of marshmallow! That cookie cocktail looks so good.I seriously need to get on a liquor cabinet project plan – add something new each month. Right? Right. You inspire me! πŸ™‚ I am with you, btw, on the no raisins thing. Yeah, no. No raisins in my cookies. Well done my friend, well done, as always!!

    • cracking me up, Bonnie. You know you don’t want me to stop πŸ˜‰ I’m all over the marshmallow thing, yep!

      Also all over you building up your liquor cabinet. Please send monthly reports.

      And you just might like these cookies? Though I promise to never attempt raisin marshmallows. Pinky swear etc.

      Thanks for stopping over, Bonnie πŸ˜€

  12. Have fun with the reading! I don’t drink much cocktails nowadays, but this one I have got to try. Just saved both recipes. I like raisins in baked goods, though if I ever use it myself, I get the ones that taste better and are plump. Some brands are a bit dry and lacking in flavor.

    • Thanks, Sam πŸ™‚ Please holler back if you make either. Good call on buying quality ingredients. Makes all the difference, especially if they’re named in the recipe title. Maybe I’m not keen on raisins because I’ve had too many that are dry and lack flavor?

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  15. Liz!! Part of me is sad that I’m just finding this post now, but part of me is so happy, because I think that cocktail is just what I need to get through yet another weekend of being in a deep freeze! This sounds wonderful!!!

    • yes, make yourself a liquid oatmeal cookies this weekend. One could say we’ve dipped a toe into the molecular gastronomy waters here πŸ˜€ Thanks, amb. Appreciate you coming round–it’s never too late to catch me.

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