Sunday, June 6, 2010

Love Me Tender : Soft Oatmeal Cookies

Desserts for Dudes

There may not be only one dessert our men love, but there is definitely a consensus on their favorite cookie....Oatmeal Raisin.

We've covered Oatmeal Raisin here before because it just happens to be MY dad's favorite cookie, but today, let me introduce you to the SOFT Oatmeal Cookie.

This cookie is soft and tender, cake-y and pillow-y, but still rugged and craggy looking enough for our dudes. These cookies don't lie flat; they have love handles.

Soft and Tender Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
{adapted from The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion}

1/2 c. unsalted butter
2 TBSP vegetable oil
1 c. light brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
6 TBSP sour cream (low-fat is ok)
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. raisins
2 c. rolled oats
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1 & 1/2 c. flour
1 c. chopped pecans

Line two baking sheets with parchment.  Preheat oven to 350.

Stir together the baking soda, cinnamon, salt and flour. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, oil and sugar.  Add the egg, beating until fluffy.  Beat in the sour cream and vanilla, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.

Stir in the raisins and oats.

Add in the flour mixture a cup at a time; beat until fully incorporated. Stir in the nuts.  Let eh dough rest for 15 - 30 minutes.

Drop dough by the tablespoonful onto the prepared sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until light brown. Transfer to a rack to cool.

{PS....these are also very yummy with dried cranberries and mini chocolate chips!}
Does your dude dig Oatmeal Raisin?


  1. Oatmeal cookies ARE my husband's favorite! Mmmm, love soft and chewy, and the "love handles"! :)

  2. Oh Bridget!!!

    You have totally added fuel to my recent impulses to bake! LOL!

    Now I need to add raisins to my grocery list for tomorrow!

    LOVE these pictures! :)

  3. My guy eats oatmeal every day, I mean EVERY DAY for breakfast. His and Our favorites are Oatmeal chocolate chip. Raisins are too healthy :)

  4. These cookies look great! I've been trying to find a good recipe for soft oatmeal cookies so I can't wait to try these out.

  5. My dude does love oatmeal cookies, and these look awesome! I will have to give it a try soon!

  6. These look so good! My hubby loves Oatmeal Raisen Cookies - I will be baking these soon!

  7. Believe or not I've never made oatmeal cookies before. These look so soft and great with raisin. A must try recipe. thanks.

  8. They look delicious! Never heard of sour cream in an oatmeal recipe before. Love getting new recipes and will definitely try this one.
    p.s. Love your *love handles* description.

  9. YES!!! my dad's favorite cookie was oatmeal!! isn't that funny!!

    We sold Oatmeal cookies in our shop from a long time cookie shop in St. Louis----EVERY.SINGLE.MORNING. my dad had a handful of cookies with his coffee when he came into work!

    This recipe looks fantastic!

  10. These are a definite must try! They look sooo delish!

  11. These look incredible!! I would love to make these for my hubby..another great recipe Bridget! :)

  12. These look great!! I have never tried putting sour cream in a cookie before. I might try that.
    Would you mind checking out my blog? :D

  13. Drooling! Soft Oatmeal Cookies....can't wait to make them myself! :-)

  14. Delicious looking oatemal cookies. I love a cake-like cookie. No one likes raisins in their cookies in my family but me:)

  15. Oatmeal cookies are Mike's favorite, too.......along with your mom's pecan chewies.

  16. So funny and so true. Men do LOVE oatmeal cookies. Definitely my hubs favorite baked good. Yours look delish!

  17. That is so funny, my husband loves Oatmeal Raisin cookies!

  18. Yum those look delicious!! I love soft and chewy oatmeal cookies!

  19. Hi Bridget,
    I love thick cookies like that. Yum! Can't wait to try these!

  20. Hey Bridget

    I've been following your blog for sometime now. I found it through "a dozen eggs" and I'm loving it. You have great recipes and it's just so wonderful to follow along. I also love the "University of Cookie" blog, how fun it is to watch you and the other ladies work.

    I actually have a question. Do you have any recipes which are completely sugar-free for my "dude"? He can't eat any sugar, sweetener, splender or any other kind of sugar subsitute. I make sugar-free apple pie. It's just pastry and apples. I've been trying to do oatmeal cookies with apple sauce as a sweetener, but they come out pretty bland and weird looking. I love sugar cookies and icing them and I've always wanted to do something cool for him with that, but of course he can't eat it.

    Do you have any advice?



  21. Oatmeal Raisin just happens to be my Dad's favorite cookie too! I'm going to have to try these out for Father's Day - they look wonderful!

  22. My boyfriend loves oatmeal cookies, I think he'll love these.

  23. Oh my goodness, these look sooo amazing! I am definitely going to try these; they look so much softer than any oatmeal cookie I've ever made!!

  24. Can't wait to try these! Thanks!

  25. oh man!!! does that look good and Cranberries and oatmeal are MFEO!! (made for each other)

  26. yumm~ does Uncle J love them or have you tried that yet haha~

  27. I love oatmeal cookies. And your look delicious!!!

  28. My husband loves oatmeal cookies, I have to make these for sure.

  29. Oh yum, those look amazing! I'm going to try them this week, but with chocolate chips and craisins! Thanks for the recipe!!

  30. This is a family favorite! We always have this during afternoon with a cup of tea!
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  31. Soft cookies are the best! And things with oats in can never go wrong. Mm. I think it is time for cookie making tonight!

  32. These look wonderful! I just found your blog and I'm so glad I did. Except I'm afraid my pants won't fit the same... ;)

    Can you make these oatmeal cookies, replacing the raisins for chocolate chips?

  33. not the dude in this house that loves the oatmeal--it's actually me! and since i've forsaken Crisco (except for the thanksgiving pie) i haven't had a decently soft oatmeal cookie in years. looking forward to giving this recipe a try!!

  34. Great pictures - congrats on your Top 9 spot! These look like a great breakfast bite to hand to my kids and hubby on their way out the door in the morning!

  35. Hi, Bridget. This dude likes oatmeal cookies but with the dried cranberries and chocolate chip option. Thanks for a great recipe - gotta luv anything from King Arthur (and congrats on FB Top 9 today!).


  36. I love oatmeal raisin cookies, especially in the fall. They look so good, I'm gonna give this recipe a try!

  37. I've never seen oatmeal cookies look so GOOD! These are right up my - and my husband's - alley!

  38. Both my hubby and my dad would love these. Adding them to the must-bake list!

  39. Can I just tell you how much MY DUDE loves Oatmeal Cookies!
    And how did my cookie lovin/Bridget lovin self miss this post???!
    I do believe I have been WAY too distracted!
    Gotta come out of my dark hole!
    Now...I am trying this recipe to make cookies for my California friends who just arrived to Bainbridge!
    Gonna have to throw the CHOCOLATE in there for them though!
    I LOVE me some cookies with some LOVE handles!!!!
    Gonna try it sweet girl!
    Cause any COOKIE of Bridget's...
    is a COOKIE of mine!

  40. I made these last night and they were fantastic! D.J. - my hubby - took them to work today and they got rave reviews. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  41. Made these yesterday, and they are almost all gone already! Very yummy indeed! Thanks!

  42. Made these this afternoon during a snow storm! LOVE. THEM. Soft, fluffy, but sort of dense, too. Just perfect!! Thank you for the recipe!

  43. How many cookies does this recipe yeild? I need to know for christmas gift purposes. Thank you :)

  44. *yield, it was bothering me

  45. These were delicious! I did change the recipe a bit. I didn't use the nuts (not really toddler-proof) and substituted them with chopped dried fruit (apple, prune, apricot). I also used half a cup of brown sugar instead of a whole cup. I made 20 cookies with this mixture. Thanks so much for this recipe, will definitely be making again!

  46. Can anyone tell me what the sour cream does in this recipe? I'm just looking for a basic one that isn't crispy on the sides, and don't look like pancakes. What if I don't have sour cream on hand? I can't make oatmeal cookies then?

    1. The sour cream helps to make them soft. :)


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