Its no secret that one of my favorite channels is the Food Network. I can sit for hours watching chefs turn ordinary ingredients into mouth watering creations. One of my faves is Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. I have recreated her recipes many times, and they are always a hit. Her recent episode “Outdoor Entertaining” featured Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies and they looked so good, I had to try them for myself.
I substituted the raisins for chocolate chips (gotta have the chocolate!) and found that these were the most delicious oatmeal cookies ever. Another winning recipe from Ina!
Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies
(Adapted from Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa)
1 1/2 cups almonds
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1 cup granulated sugar
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla.
Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together into a medium bowl. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Add the oats, raisins, and nuts and mix just until combined.
Using a small ice-cream scoop or a tablespoon, drop 2-inch mounds of dough onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper. Flatten slightly with a damp hand. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned.
Transfer the cookies to a baking rack and cool completely.