Maple Walnut and Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

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?

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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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

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!

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