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Mar172011

Perfect Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Occasionally, we are happy go to the gym and workout...as opposed to going to the gym to just sit in the sauna. Hey, showing up counts for something right?
    
   
More often than not, however, something much, MUCH more important comes up that interferes with our exciting gym plans. It's definitely unfortunate, but you know, life changes really quickly and we have to be flexible with our schedules. Duh.
  
Such as, working hard at our job  (read: planning non-existent parties with cute pom poms and nifty invitations) until 6:45pm which is just a wee bit to late to go the gym. Oh well. Might as well go home and order pizza.
    
    
Or, sometimes we encounter a friend in need who REQUIRES us to join them in a cocktail and well, then, it might as well be dinner too. 
  
Or, sometimes, we have a mild headache and you really shouldn't work out if you have a headache. What if we were to get dizzy?!?! What if we were to fall off the elliptical trainer!?!? Doesn't anyone read the warnings on those machines?!?!
   
  
And, ugh, the gym gets SO crowded at 5:30pm. It's almost not worth it if we can't even get access to a machine.
  
Or what are we expected to do when our iPod is out of juice and we don't have our headphones or any reading material? Go the gym? We don't think so.
  
Or when we leave our socks at home? Workout without socks? Gross. That's for boys to do.
  
     
Other times we realize that we COMPLETELY FORGOT that we had to make birthday cookies for a coworker the next day and there is certainly not enough time to go to the gym AND bake cookies. We can't let down our sweet coworker on her most special of days! Our choice is clear.
    
  
Perfect Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Makes about 48 cookies
Adapted from Martha Stewart 
  
      
1 cup packed brown sugar (light, preferably)
1 cup granulated sugar
½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter (room temperature)
2 large eggs (room temperature)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups rolled oats (Quaker Quick Oats or Old Fashioned)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon taking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1½ cups ounces plump raisins (golden or purple, we used golden to mix things up)
    

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and the butter in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Starting with the mixer on a low speed and increasing the speed until it is at medium, beat the mixture until it is creamy and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add the eggs and vanilla extract (scraping the sides with a rubber spatula).

In another bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, wheat germ and cinnamon. Stir together well.

Slowly add the dry mixture to the butter mixture and mix on a low speed until just combined. Fold/Stir in raisins.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper, and place 2 tablespoon drops of dough onto the parchment sheets. Bake the cookies until just golden brown, being careful not to over-bake the cookies, about 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool on the sheet for about 5 minutes (they will fall apart otherwise) before removing to a wire cooling rack to cool further.

Note: You could also replace the raisins altogether with chopped toffee bits. Yum!

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Reader Comments (12)

LOL --- you girls are too funny. I have often used your 'logical reasoning' for missing a night at the gym --- what's a girl to do sometimes?!

I love oatmeal raisin cookies - they are one of my faves - could I be your co-worker ;-)

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea B.

i love a good oatmeal cookie, but I always use chocolate chips instead of raisins :)

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrandi

The cookies look great! I always use my mom's recipe for oatmeal cookies, but I'm always up for trying different variations. I love that this has wheat germ!

I love oatmeal cookies (minus the raisins)! I could never do the gym after work because I would come up with all of those reasons not to go...

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

Yum! I'll always choose cookies over working out!

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes & Dreams

I am laughing so much while I read this because I have to leave for the gym in 22 minutes and since I drove home, I've been going through every rationalization why I shouldn't go. Geesh, now I HAVE to go or I'll make these delicious cookies!!

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoretta

Love the wheat germ! I am an oatmeal raisin cookie fanatic and these look perfect. I want one now!

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie@Cozydelicious

Love this post! I've definitely used every single one of those reasons to not go to the gym. My favorite is when I convince myself that I just BARELY don't have enough time for a good, solid workout, which I imagine will take 3 fitness-filled hours...and really what's the point in going if I don't get in that amazing super long workout?

The cookies look fabulous too! Haven't made oatmeal raisin in a while...probably be trying this recipe out soon!

Sometimes baking cookies is WAY more important than going to the gym :). And a lot less sweaty.

These are amazing!!! Love the wheat germ in them too!!! Thanks for another great recipe (my clothes are starting to get tight...guess I should be at eh gym instead of baking these tasty treats)--oh I am also not a huge raisin fan so I added the toffee bits. :)

March 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSee Nikki Cook

This cookie recipe has been a favourite at our house for several years. Sooo good. That's two for two now with today's walnut bread!

March 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMo

Raisins are irreplaceable as a healthy member of the dry fruits category, contain more fiber, vitamins, minerals and poly-phenol antioxidants than the fresh grapes. Share with you the health benefits of raisins: http://www.healthdoyen.com/health-benefits-of-raisins.html

December 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Herr

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