Happy Saturday! The sun here in Victoria can’t decide whether or not it’s coming out today, which means I’m staying right here in my kitchen. With the weather somewhat sad, I thought I’d make some cookies. These are the kind of cookies that just seem warm. Does that make sense?
They’re hearty. They have just the right crunch on the outside, and the right amount of ooey-gooey on the inside. They’re stuffed with coconut, raisins, walnuts, oats, maple syrup and spices. Of course you’re welcome to leave out the raisins, I know there’s some kind of anti-raisin-cookie movement going on in the world (there’s t-shirts out there that say raisins are the reason a person has trust issues – cute), but I’ll take my cookies with all the raisins the anti-raisin-cookie-movement people don’t want. It wasn’t always this way; when I was young and wanted to be just like my big sister, I refused to eat anything that she wouldn’t because she knew what was up. I wouldn’t eat raisins, mushrooms, banana, or tomatoes. Of course, as soon as she moved out at 18 (I was six at the time), I started eating all those amazing foods. I feel like I’m still making up for some lost time with raisins.
Anyway, long story short: raisins in your cookies are a good thing. Seriously. BUT, if you are hell bent on keeping raisins out and away from your cookies, dried cranberries and sunflower seeds would be a nice variation, or dried blueberries and hazelnuts (note to self: make that version next time).
Maple Walnut Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
Yield: about 2 dozen
- 1 ½ C old fashioned oats (not quick-cooking)
- ¾ C unsweetened, finely shredded coconut
- 1 1/3 C all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 C packed brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ C + 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/3 C maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 C walnuts
- ¾ C raisins
Preheat oven to 300 F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Put on the kettle to boil some water (I also suggest making enough for some tea – treat yo’self)
In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut, flour, salt, sugar, and spices. Set aside.
In a medium sized saucepan, melt butter and maple syrup. Once butter is melted, remove from heat. In a small bowl, combine the baking soda and boiling water, stir. Add the baking soda and water mixture to the maple syrup. This is the fun part – SCIENCE – or something. It bubbles, be prepared. Stir in vanilla.
Add maple mixture to the oat mixture. Fold in walnuts and raisins.
Form dough into balls about the size of two tablespoons. Place on baking sheet about an inch or so apart. Pat them down into discs. Bake for about 20 minutes until they are golden brown. Let them sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool. Or just eat one right away and burn your mouth. I won’t tell anyone!