I have a confession to make. We are not a chocolate family. Not that we don’t eat chocolate, or even that we don’t enjoy it, but given the choice we usually prefer fruity desserts, custards and sugary candy. If I am going to have chocolate, it’s usually in the form of a really nice, dark chocolate candy.
So, when I made the decision to bake cookies for my boys today, I decided on making these chewy, sweet and buttery oatmeal favorites. “What makes them crazy?” you ask. Well, instead of just plain old boring raisins, I make these with a blend of raisins, golden raisins and chopped dates that make them incredibly chewy and a little more interesting. Feel free to add in whatever your family prefers. Chopped nuts, dried cranberries, or even chocolate chips would all be delicious.
Crazy Oatmeal Cookies
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups oatmeal
- 1/2 cup each of raisins, golden raisins and chopped dates
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Cream butter and sugars together
- Add eggs and beat until fluffy, add vanilla and mix
- Sift together dry ingredients and slowly add to butter mixture
- Fold in oatmeal and fruits
- Drop onto prepared cookie sheets and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden
*This dough freezes very well. To freeze, roll dough into cookie-sized balls and place on a cookie sheet. Put them into the freezer until frozen hard. Transfer them into a freezer bag and bake cookies a few at a time anytime you’d like!