Oh man, am I yearning for spring. I mean, technically it is spring, but apparently Alberta hasn’t gotten the memo. Last weekend we woke up to snow, I made myself a mug of tea, grabbed some of these cookies out of the freezer, planted myself in the corner of the couch with a soft blanket, and watched the snow fall. It all sounds so cozy, if we hadn’t had six months of this already. I am supremely jealous of all the spring photos I’m seeing everywhere. I’m happy for you, I really am. But I am so sad for me. Poor, poor me. ;) At least I have these cookies to comfort me. With the prediction of snow again this weekend I have a feeling I’m going to need them!
I’m always on the lookout for good gluten-free recipes that satisfy even the pickiest wheat-eaters palate. I think it’s important to make everyone feel included at social gatherings, but making separate food for everyone isn’t really the optimal thing to do. So why not just make delicious gluten-free recipes that everyone can enjoy together? That is what my Easy Gluten-Free series is all about.
These cookies are just what an oatmeal cookie hopes to be – nice and chewy with hint of spice. One bite tastes like a chocolate chip cookie, the next like cinnamon and raisins. It’s a happy surprise with every bite. They’re a tad bit crumbly compared to a traditional flour-based chocolate chip cookie, especially after you freeze them, but I think they fall nicely into the oatmeal cookie category. Just don’t go smashing them around, ok? ;)
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Raisin Cookies
- 4 1/2 cups rolled oats*, divided
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder*
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup raisins
*check the labels to ensure they’re gluten free.
In a blender or food processor, process 1.5 cups rolled oats until finely ground. Pour into a medium-sized bowl along with cornstarch, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Gradually beat in oat mixture until evenly mixed. Stir in chocolate chips and raisins, along with remaining 3 cups rolled oats.
Drop cookies 2 inches apart onto parchment lined baking sheets (about 2 tablespoons each), forming into a rough ball shape. Bake at 350ºF for 15-18 minutes, or until they begin to turn golden brown on the edges. Let cool 2 minutes before removing to wire racks or paper towel to cool completely.
Makes approximately: 3 dozen
Adapted from Everyday Food.