Oat and Raisin Cookies

It's Monday morning and it’s a mild winter day and the sky is blue, what more could you ask for… well maybe to be able to not be a work and go and enjoy it, but hey!

Since I'm still trying to "spring clean" my baking cupboard, I found this Hummingbird Bakery recipe for Oat and Raisin cookies recipes perfect for using up some bits hiding in the depths of my baking ingredients. I love raisins/sultanas in cookies, cakes (though I know a friend who will completely disagree) and these cookies are so simple and great with a cup of tea for that 3pm office break in the middle of February, or anytime really.

Oat and Raisin Cookies

270g unsalted butter, at room temperature
160g caster sugar
160g dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
380g plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
110g rolled oats
220g raisins

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees. 

Put the butter and sugars in a mixer and  cream until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula after each addition. Turn the mixer down to slow speed and beat in the vanilla exact. 

Sift together the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon in a separate bowl, add the oats and mix well. Add to the butter mixture and beat until well mixed. Stir in the raisins with a wooden spoon until evenly dispersed. 

Arrange equal amounts of cookie dough on prepared baking trays. Make sure the that the cookies are spaced apart to allowed spreading while baking. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown and firm. Check them regularly to make sure they are not burning. When you are happy that they are cooked through, remove from the oven and leave to cook slightly on the trays before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely. 

Happy Baking x

Wedding Dress Iced Cookies

We are now officially in the dark of winter, but there is light ahead. To be honest I've been enjoying the cold. I finally get to wear the purple beret that's been in my cupboard for the summer months wanting to come out. Though apparently I wear a little too much purple... I disagree :)

When I was in Australia, one of my friends bought me this beautiful copper cookie cutter. It was the finally straw for me and my plastic cookie cutter collection and I realised it was time to upgrade. Though now having a copper cutter, I kind of want all copper ones, but that might prove difficult when finding the shapes I want. It's a start anyway. So I've given away the plastic cutters to a new loving family, well most of them anyway, the dinosaur ones stayed for now.

I have a long way to go in the art of cookie deco
ration and I want to push myself to become more comfortable with it, but colouring in between the lines was never my forte.

I did get some lovely compliments on these and they were definitely tasty. Next up... Valentines day cookies!

Happy Baking x