2/14/11

quarter pound oatmeal-raisin cookies


Remember my obsession with Levain Bakery cookies? How I made the chocolate chip cookies and the double chocolate cookies? Both quarter pound cookies? Well, I made an oatmeal-raisin version.
I know this is isn't very valentine's day'ish. But I didn't make anything for VD. Shame shame. But I know there are a lot of you out there that love Levain Cookies as much as I do so this is just like a present--in a baker sort of way. No?


quarter pound oatmeal-raisin cookies
(loosely based on the levain bakery cc cookies)
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8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted Irish butter, cold & grated (you can use whatever butter you like)
4 ounces cream cheese, room temp
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 ts vanilla
2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 ¾ cup rolled oats
3/4 ts sea salt
1 and ¼ ts baking powder
1/2 ts baking soda
1 cup walnuts
1 cup raisins

If using dough right away, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. (It’s best to chill, though; I chilled overnight)
(keep in mind this is a very dry dough, and will be hard to mix once you put the raisins & nuts in; I used my hands). See also notes on cooking times below.
In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter, cream cheese, and both sugars just until creamy. Don’t overbeat. Add the egg and vanilla and beat just until incorporated.
Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add in the oats and mix. Then add the dry to the wet batters. When thoroughly mixed, stir in raisins and walnuts.
Divide dough into 12 big 4 oz lumps. Mold into golfballs; do not press flat! Keep them as balls on the cookie sheets. Bake on ungreased cookies sheets (one sheet at a time). (I chilled my dough balls BEFORE baking)
Bake times (how I’ve done it the past few times; pick one if you dare):
Put the cookies in a 375 degree oven and set timer for 8 minutes. When timer rings, without opening oven or removing cookies, reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for another 8-10 minutes or until cookies appear set.
OR I did mine at 375 degrees for about 21 - 23 minutes or until done. (Mine were done in 21 minutes).
Also if you have a convection your cooking time will go down a couple minutes.
Makes 12 (mine made 13)

36 comments:

  1. I would be obscenely happy with these as a V-Day gift. Especially given that oatmeal raisin are my favorite cookies and all. I might have to stop at levain today...now that you've set off this craving.

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  2. What's better than a huge cookie? Not much. These look fantastic!

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  3. Oh my gosh! Hiding computer from husband....

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  4. Magnificas las galletas,me llevo tú receta.

    Saludos

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  5. I love a thick cookie! I'm not a thin & crispy kind of girl at all. These look fantastic. Oatmeal cookies are one of my favs. Happy Valentine's day!!

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  6. Yum! I might even rebel and substitute chocolate chips for raisins. Shhh :)

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  7. Who said these are valentinesy? If someone (and by that someone I mean you) made these for me I would be one thrilled chica.

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  8. I freaking love oatmeal!!! Your cookies are the best looking oatmeal cookies I have ever seen! Send me some please :)

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  9. Wow, cream cheese in the dough! I am super-intrigued to find out how that tastes. They look just amazing.

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  10. Yummy cookie recipe! Must try these!

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  11. Wait..isnt "VD" a disease? Are you trying to tell us something??
    love your updated version!
    Happy syphilis day! I mean Happy Valentines day.

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  12. Love Levains!!!
    Love the name of your cookies, too!

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  13. Switch the raisins for milk chocolate and I'd be in heaven! A cookie isn't a cookie without chocolate for me.

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  14. Quarter pound?! That's a whole lot of cookie! Sweet!

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  15. That's a quarter pound of love right there! They look fabulous!

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  16. umm, hello lover! deeelicious. and you used VD in your post ;)

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  17. 1/4 pound cookies oh my! My girls and I must make these!

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  18. Wow.....what a cookie! I might be slightly intimidated ehehehehe.

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  19. You have me craving oatmeal raisin cookies now. Not that it's a bad thing.

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  20. I wish I had one of these 1/4 pounders for breakfast right now. MMMMM.

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  21. These cookies look amazing. Thank you for sharing! Great photos.

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  22. Those are some big ass cookies. I would replace raisins with chocolate chips, but that's just me ;)

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  23. That's my idea of a quarter-pounder! LOL Hey, it has whole grain and raisins in it. It's much healthier than the burger version, too. ;)

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  24. What georgous & beautiful cookies!

    Here is the sugar rush!

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  25. I just love that it is a quarter-pound cookie!!!

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  26. OMG. I need these. Well maybe not need, MUST HAVE!

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  27. I want one of those...fresh from the oven...alongside a scoop of cinnamon ice-cream...now.

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  28. i think maybe my ideal meal would be a quarter pound burger smothered in a quarter pound of pepper jack cheese followed by a quarter pound oatmeal raisin cookie. and see that--i wouldn't even be gaining a full pound!

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  29. I think that oatmeal-raisin is a great combination. Almost unbeatable. It's classic, it's healthy. What more could you want?!

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  30. I saw a recipe idea today tht immediately reminded me of you. Bacon cinnamon rolls. I know!

    The blog I saw them on is beautiful but she used canned cinnamon rolls and I know you're not about that. But she basically precooked bacon then rolled it up in the dough. Ooh, they looked awesome. I vote you make some :-)

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  31. You definitely had me at "quarter pound". These must be made today!

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  32. I am most definitely making these as soon as I get my hands on some cream cheese...they look SO GOOD!!

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  33. These look better than any Valentine's treat for sure! Oatmeal raisin cookies are my fav & the bigger, the better for sure :-)

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  34. These look delicious and I love a big cookie. Just curious to know if you added any cinnamon. I didn't see it on the list. Thanks!

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  35. I can't wait to try these. Thanks for the quest. I also love doing what I call the "challenge" and finding the best recipes!!! I feel like in you I have found a kindred spirit.

    http://love2cooksweets.blogspot.com/2010/05/librarian-baked-alaska-challenge.html

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  36. Made them, loved them, posted them! Thanks for the inspiration--they are my new gold standard!! http://www.fransfavs.com/2013/05/levain-bakery-oatmeal-raisin-cookie-clone/

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