Occasionally I will bribe myself in order to get things done. Say I have a particularly unappealing task to complete that I just do not want to do but must. I will tell myself that as soon as I complete that dreaded task I can have a reward. Most often that reward takes the form of an hour of uninterrupted reading on the couch. Recently the reward was a trip to that lovely french linen shop and treats from Gayle's
bakery across the parking lot.
At the bakery I purchased some of their bread which we love and an eclair for my husband and I to split for dessert that night. However, I just could not resist one of their oatmeal cookies too. Normally I am not a fan of bakery cookies. They are generally hard and chemical-y tasting and just all around nasty. These cookies are delicious.
That oatmeal cookie was so delicious in fact that I wanted needed more. I tried to resist, but by the end of the week gave in. Fortunately, I have their bakery book and was able to stir up a batch of their oatmeal cookies as I'm not entirely sure just any batch of cookies would have done.
The first night I baked up a dozen and we ate them for dessert. The next day I baked up the rest and ate far too many of them myself. They were wonderful and fully satisfied my oatmeal cookie craving.
from The Village Baker's Wife
1 C butter at room temperature
3/4 C granulated sugar
1 1/4 C firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 egg yolk
1 t vanilla extract
3/4 t ground cinnamon
2 C all purpose flour
3/4 t salt
3/4 t baking soda
3 1/2 C rolled oats
1 C raisins
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl cream the butter with the sugars. Add in the eggs and egg yolk one at a time beating well until each is incorporated. Mix in the vanilla
In a second bowl whisk together the cinnamon, flour, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture.
Add in the oats and raisins being careful to not overmix. The cookie dough will be moist.
Drop 2 tablespoons of cookie dough onto a baking sheet. Space cookies about 2 inches apart. Bake cookies in the center rack of the oven for 12 - 14 minutes or until golden brown. Makes about 40 cookies.
printable version - oatmeal_cookies.pdf