Looking for a fun, culinary activity for the kids this Summer? Why not spend an afternoon baking up some delicious cookies from "Savor the Moment?" I guarantee the Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate-Covered Raisins (pg. 257) and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chipperoos (also, pg. 257) will NOT disappoint!
On a recent Saturday, I decided to make these two recipes and assign some friends the task of determining which cookie recipe reigned supreme. Would it be the Oatmeal Cookies, a delicious combination of brown sugar, old-fashioned oats and chocolate covered raisins? Or, the Chipperoos, a blend of semisweet chocolate, peanut butter, white chocolate and toffee chips? After making the cookies, and doing a little taste testing of my own, I knew it would be close! I packaged them up and gave them out to some friends, explaining I would need their verdict in the next day or so. They very eagerly obliged and within two days I had my answer. I was right in thinking it would be close - in fact by one vote, the winner was......
the Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate-Covered Raisins!
My taste testers admitted choosing their favorite was difficult - they were also quick to volunteer for any subsequent assignments! I have included the recipe for the Oatmeal Cookies below and hope you enjoy them. One thing is for sure, pair either cookie recipe with a nice, tall glass of cold milk and you are all set for Summer!
Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate-Covered Raisins (pg. 257)
1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) margarine, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups oats (quick or old-fashioned)
1 cup chocolate-covered raisins
Cream the margarine, brown sugar and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour and baking soda and mix well. Stir in the oats and raisins. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 9 minutes for a chewy texture or 10 to 11 minutes for a crisp cookie. Cool on the cookie sheets for 1 minute. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container. Makes four dozen.