My friend Wonster lives really close to Auntie Em's and we've frequented the place for their red velvet cupcakes, which they are famous for. Wonster however once pointed out to me that their oatmeal raisin cookies are really good too, so we picked up one to share and she was right. Thankfully I found their recipe to try at home. Yippee!!
What makes these cookies especially good are that they are both chewy and crispy at the same time, so it will satisfy all cookie enthusiasts.
Auntie Em's Kitchen Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Adapted from chef Michelle Risucci of Auntie Em's Kitchen
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cups (10 1/2 ounces) sugar
1 1/3 cups (10 1/2 ounces) light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) flour
3/4 cup wheat germ
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups ( 1/2 pound) golden raisins
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
With the mixer running, add the eggs, one at a time, until each is incorporated. Stir in the vanilla extract.
In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, flour, wheat germ, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the dry ingredients until just combined.
Gently fold in the raisins.
Line several baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop one-fourth cup dough for each cookie and slightly flatten them, leaving 2 inches between each cookie (they will spread). Slightly flatten the top of each cookie and bake one tray at a time, on the center rack, for consistent baking and coloring. The cookies will be done when set and lightly colored and the edges are slightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes.
You can definitely taste the cinnamon in this and it fills your kitchen with the most wonderful aroma. I think next time I will cut back on the sugar and add some chocolate chips to it. :)