Recipe by The Late Night Gourmet
This is largely the Betty Crocker recipe, but it replaces the butter and shortening with light butter. My preparation also allows for the use of instant oatmeal packets in place of plain dry oats. Note that flavoring in the packets is crucial: if you're unsure about how the added flavors of the instant oatmeal will work with the rest of the recipe, then follow the instructions for separating the oats from the rest of the contents of the packet.
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1⁄4 cup molasses
- 1 cup light butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups oats (or 3 1/2 cups if using instant oatmeal as-is)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup raisins
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- If using good quality instant oatmeal, you may want to use the oatmeal packets in their entirety. If the flavor of the non-oat part of the oatmeal isn't to your liking, then empty each packet and pick out the dried fruit. Then, run the oatmeal through a sieve to separate the oats from the flavoring.
- In a large bowl, beat all ingredients except oats, flour and raisins with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with a wooden spoon.
- Stir in oats, flour and raisins.
- If using oatmeal packets in their entirety instead of just the oats, allow the mixture to rest for 10 minutes to allow the dried fruit and other ingredients to fully rehydrate.
- On UNGREASED cookie sheet, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart.
- Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack or sheets of paper towel.