Harley Guy’s favorite Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Poor Harley Guy.  Last night he went looking for the white chocolate, macadamia, and chocolate covered cranberry cookies I made a week ago – and they were gone, the empty container sitting in the dish drainer drying.  Why did it take him a whole week to decide to try a cookie anyway?  I’d made a double batch so there were about 80 large cookies.  Thing 2 had a friend that came over and spent the whole weekend with us, and Thing 1 spent one night at a friend’s house and took a baggie with a dozen cookies to eat and share.  As I said in my post these are one of the girl’s favorites, and to be honest I’m a little surprised they lasted a whole week!

Harley Guy’s favorite cookie has always been oatmeal.  Back in high school you could buy a homemade sugar, peanut butter, or oatmeal cookie in the cafeteria for a nickel.  They were big cookies, about the size of your open hand, and thin as though they had been poured like a batter.  When I bought cookies I usually alternated because I liked them all but I was much more apt to buy a slice of fresh homemade bread with real butter melting into it.  Harley Guy however always went for the oatmeal cookies.

The girls aren’t very happy with me right now – there’s a batch of these cookies sitting on the sink cooling – they hate raisins and these cookies are loaded with them.  I figured though that since he didn’t get any of the last batch I baked he deserved a batch of his own.

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup shortening

2 cups sugar

1/3 cup molasses

3 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

4 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon ginger

5 cups oats

2 cups raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cream butter with sugar.  Add molasses and vanilla, beat well.  Add in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.  Stir into batter. Mix in oats and raisins.

Drop by large tablespoonfuls (I use a 1 ounce scoop) onto parchment or silpat lined baking sheet.  Bake 12-15 minutes.  Makes approx 60 cookies.

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