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)
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)