Oatmeal cookies packed with flavor

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These yummy oatmeal cookies are packed with raisins, pecans and chocolate chips. Anna Batts | Special to the Times
These yummy oatmeal cookies are packed with raisins, pecans and chocolate chips. Anna Batts | Special to the Times

I love it when my kids cook for me. Not only do I enjoy the food, but I also love knowing they are cooking — even if it’s not every day.

When they were little, my son and daughter cooked beside me at home, but now they are in their own kitchens.

Son Robert cooks food on the weekends, often using his slow cooker. Daughter Anna likes to cook on the weekend as well, prepping meals for later in the week. She and her boyfriend enjoy cooking together, too, which makes me very happy.

A few weeks ago, Anna came to the house bearing cookies. Homemade oatmeal cookies. My husband and I love oatmeal cookies. We were discussing just last night how we have always loved oatmeal cookies. I just wish I could have another crispy one like the ones of my youth. Sigh. But I’ve had no luck finding a comparable recipe.

But back to Anna’s cookies. This is not the first time Anna has made these tasty oatmeal cookies that are packed with pecans, raisins and chocolate chips (her addition.)

The cute little cookies are nice and chewy and have wonderful flavor.

Anna made her cookies small. They are delicious for a mid-morning or afternoon snack and keep well for several days.

I haven’t made the cookies myself, but Anna tells me they are easy to prepare, following the recipe she found on The Girl Who Ate Everything website.

If you like oatmeal cookies like we do, give this recipe a try.

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These cookies from The Girl Who Ate Everything website are chewy and delicious.

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup butter, melted (1½ sticks)

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 egg

1 egg yolk

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

1 heaping cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)*

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Cookies turn out so much better with parchment paper.

Melt butter and let cool slightly.

Mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the cinnamon, vanilla, egg and egg yolk for 2-3 minutes until light and creamy. Mix in the flour mixture until just blended. Add the oats, nuts and raisins. Mix until just blended.

Place 1/4-cup balls of dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 14-16 minutes. (Anna made hers smaller.) Do not overbake. Remember I’m at sea level so if you aren’t you may need longer. The edges should look brown and the centers still slightly soft. Let the cookies rest on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

The Girl Who Ate Everything

*Note: Anna added 3/4 cup of chocolate chips.