Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies

by Kris on October 4, 2011

I have the biggest weak spot for chocolate covered raisins. Every time I bite into one it brings me back to my earliest childhood memory.

I remember the specific moment I was hooked for life. It was December of 1989. My mother was on Christmas holidays and she decided to take me to see my first movie. We drove to Britannia which had both an indoor theatre and a drive in.

When we entered the theatre I was mesmerized by the speckled carpet, the sparkling ceiling and the overwhelming smell of popcorn. As we stood in line my eyes focused on a glass display case at the front counter filled with colourful boxes of candy.

When we finally got to the front of the line my mother purchased our tickets and asked me if I wanted a treat. In my 3 years of life I rarely had candy so I knew this was a special occasion. As I peered through the glass my options were overwhelming. Without the ability to read my decision was determined solely by the colour of the box. I came to the conclusion that the purple box would contain the best treat and mother happily agreed.

With large purple box in hand we walked to our theatre and chose seats close to the front. My memories of the movie are vague but I remember sharing that box of raisinets and thinking my mother was the coolest person in the whole world.

My mother is coming to visit me this week so in preparation I made these oatmeal raisinet cookies to share with her. They are incredibly soft and chewy and the chocolate covered raisins add that taste of childhood every great cookie should have.

1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 Tsp. vanilla extract
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 Tsp. baking soda
½  Tsp. salt
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 ½ cups chocolate covered raisins

Preheat oven to 350

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugars.

Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until fully combined.

Stir in the baking soda, salt, and flour and mix until just combined being careful not to over mix.

Briefly mix in the oats.

Add the chocolate covered raisins and stir until just combined.

Scoop 1 tablespoon of cookie dough onto un-greased cookie sheets about half an inch apart.

Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until the cookies are golden brown along the edges.

Makes about two dozen cookies

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foods for the soul March 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm

What a great idea! I’ve made chocolate chip oatmeal raisin cookies before, but this is such s clever way to combine all of those ingredients. I want to give your recipe a try the next time I buy chocolate-covered raisins… If I don’t eat them all first!

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munchinwithmunchkin March 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Thank you! It definitely is hard to keep them around long enough to bake cookies with. I hid mine in my pantry so I wouldn’t snack on them!

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foods for the soul March 31, 2011 at 1:29 am

Oooh, smart! My mom used to do that when I was little, but then we had the problem of putting them in such a good hiding place that we didn’t find them for 5 months!

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Spike March 28, 2011 at 11:25 pm

chocolate covered raisins are about the only raisins I like! Brilliant idea- I never thought to try them in cookies!!

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Ragamuffin Diaries March 29, 2011 at 1:25 am

this is a great idea!!!! I love chocolate covered raisins as well; my grandma always had a dish of them out, and I would always look forward to getting a handful when I went to visit her!

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My Medifast March 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm

What a great cookie recipe, so smart, I can’t wait to try a few of these cookies right out of the oven. Thanks for the post today.

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Jennifer March 30, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I want to echo all the “great idea!”s. This is so cool!

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Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls March 31, 2011 at 5:30 am

Those look pheeeenomenal!!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

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Renee April 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Just popped a batch of these in the oven…can’t wait to try them!!

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Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies April 3, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I just love Raisinets. I bet they make the best oatmeal cookies ever! I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I’d like to invite you to stop by and link your cookies up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/04/sweets-for-saturday-11.html

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Heather April 7, 2011 at 2:39 am

haha I remember Britannia- my first movie too.
Nice blog, my mum passed it along to me and you are now in my reader!

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Emily April 7, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I just made these with dried cranberries because it was all I had on hand at the moment and they were just delicious! Very soft and chewy, just like an oatmeal cookie should be.

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Annarwat April 28, 2011 at 6:04 am

I tried this recipe, and it was awesome! It’s hard to keep the cookies from browning too fast, but I think that’s just my oven. I use 2 cups of oats rather than 3 though.

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munchinwithmunchkin April 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I’m so glad they worked out for you!

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alyce@culinarythymes September 13, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Great pic. Cookies look yum.

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Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide September 13, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Those look like the softest cookies. Great recipe.

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thedrivencook September 15, 2011 at 2:16 am

Hmm I have chocolate covered cranberries on hand…must try these!

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d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo October 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm

What a brilliant idea to satisfy both the chocolate and the raisin lovers!

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midnitechef December 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Raisinettes in cookies is the awesomest idea!!!

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Candice February 1, 2012 at 12:27 am

Amazing even with normal raisins. Really easy to make! I recommend everyone to give this recipe a try. Thank you so much for this recipe :)

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