Simone's Kitchen

Oatmeal raisin cookies for Sweet and simple bakes

Raisin oatmeal cookies |

Just a few days ago I stumbled upon the website of Sweet and Simple Bakes where I read about their monthly baking challenge. Now I love challenges as it gives me a reason to bake something that I maybe otherwise wouldn’t have attempted to do and this particular challenge brought back fond memories of the times I started working at Nike 11 years ago… You have to realise that Oatmeal cookies are really not something you find in Holland that often if at all; so when I started working for Nike I was pleasantly surprised to find laaaarge chocolate chip cookies and large oatmeal raisin cookies. I took one and I was hooked. For the next few months I went into the cafetaria on a daily basis and got one large oatmeal raisin cookie and enjoyed that for most of the morning while working behind my computer… Those where the days!

Raisin oatmeal cookies |

They stopped baking them at some point; probably because they weren’t healthy enough and I have left Nike two years ago to start on my own, so no more oatmeal raisin cookies for me untill… I saw the post about this months challenge on Sweet and Simple Bakes and it concerned my favorite cookies, so that choice wasn’t very hard to make!!

I had obviously never made them myself so had no idea whatsoever what rolled oats should be. It’s funny how you can eat cookies forever and just not realise what it is you’re eating…:) Turns out it is something very ordinary and goes by the Dutch name of havermout. I purchased all the ingredients and since I couldn’t find any light brown soft sugar I mixed dark brown with white soft sugar, which I figured would roughly give me lightbrown. I am not entirely sure that I made the recipe correctly to be quite honest, but then I have nothing to compare it with so let’s assume that I did.

20090311-0664-199x300 The dough was quite heavy and I had to really roll them between my hands to make a walnut sized balls to put in the oven and they also didn’t rise as much as I had thought they would. They still make a decent sized cookie, so I don’t really know what I had expected, but keep in mind that the only oatmeal cookies I had ever seen before where giant sized, so mine are fairly modest in comparison I think. The recipe at the site of Sweet and Simple Bakes called for Oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies, but I couldn’t find the right chocolate, so went for the more original version, but added nuts as well as raisins.

Warm they were absolutely brilliant, but cooled off I would have liked them to be a little chewier on the inside still. Possibly something to do with the size of the cookies maybe?

Anyway, I am not displeased with them for my first try at a challenge. My scottish friend and very good cook will get to taste them in two days, so if she likes them I have passed the test!

I’m already looking forward to the next challenge although that is going to be a while. This post will only be published on april 1st together with the rest of the people that participated! Can’t wait to see everyone else’s results as well!

Raisin and oatmeal cookies |

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  1. These look wonderful Simone…good to see you are challenging yourself with different ingredients and recipes!

  2. Oatmeal raisin are some of my favorite cookies as well. You should keep trying other recipes to see if you like them more, because I’m sure you will find one you can’t live without!

  3. Hi Simone

    Welcome to Sweet and Simple Bakes, so glad you found us!

    Your cookies turned out lovely and these are definitely a favourite in my home too.

    Thanks for taking part and hope you will join us again.


  4. Those cookies look amazing 🙂

  5. Those cookies look amazing 🙂

  6. Cookies look awesome! Love the photos on your site!

  7. Hi Simone, a warm welcome to Sweet & Simple Bakes So glad you joined us 😀

    Your cookies look divine and my family loved these cookies too!

    Thanks so much for taking part this month at S&SB and I do hope you will join us again next month.

    Rosie x

  8. The cookies have turned out so well! Looks so mouth-watering 🙂

  9. You have an incredible site here, I really love it! Gorgeous photographs, clean look, very pretty! This was definitely a fun challenge, cookies are one of my favorite desserts, so I had a lot of fun with this. Again, great site, I’ll definitely be visiting soon!

    a sofa in the kitchen

  10. Wow, I thought oatmeal cookies were a staple everywhere. I am so sick of them because they sell those large tasteless ones everywhere in Canada. That being said, I still love bitting into a freshly made oatmeal cookie. I have a friend that ONLY bakes “oatmeal cookies” and he does it atleast twice a week.
    By the way, last night I made your mango salad from a couple weeks back… YUM! Ian wasn’t around so no pics this time but I will be making this again! I added some apple cider vingar to the dressing which gave it a great tang. Thanks so much!

  11. The cookies look wonderful. So glad I could discover your blog through S&SB. You have a lovely blog here!

  12. I love everything I see here. Brilliant.

  13. a good afternoon snack with a cup of tea or coffee sitting on the verandah.

  14. wow! Look at those bite sized treats! Yum!!

    Thanks for the comment, It’s the American butter measurements that throw me. Tablespoons of butter? I don’t understand!!!

    Katie xox

  15. Oh how wonderful, these look so comforting and delicious! I love how bright and dreamy these pictures are. 🙂

  16. wow.. great pics !!! well done

  17. I love Oatmeal raisin cookies. Thanks for the great recipe!

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