Gourmet Oatmeal Cookies

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What do think of when you hear the word gourmet? To be honest the first thing that pops into my head is the queen of all things gourmet, Ina Garten. Now you may be wondering, “What on earth does this have to do with Oatmeal Cookies?” Well, lets start with the obvious–Oatmeal Cookies are usually boring, like verrryyyy boring. So this was my challenge, create a cookie that would make the gourmet queen herself say “Wow!”.

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These cookies are packed with raisins, dried cranberries and walnuts–but the real “gourmet” part are the spices. As soon as you take a bite, you know that these are not an ordinary oatmeal cookie. 

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Gourmet Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Bake Time: 12-14 Minutes

Yields: 12-14 Cookies

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour; can use AP Flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • heaping 1/2 teaspoon salt*
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups oats; quick cooking or old fashioned 
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

Directions

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment beat butter and sugars on med/high until light and fluffy. (about two minutes) 
  3. Reduce stand mixer speed to medium and add in egg, vanilla and maple syrup continue to mix until well incorporated.
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, spices, salt and baking soda; stir all dry ingredients together.
  5. Reduce stand mixer speed to low, and slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure that mixture is fully incorporated, mix until everything is incorporated.
  6. Turn off stand mixer, and stir in the oats, raisins, cranberries and walnuts by hand using a wooden or rubber spatula.
  7. Using a cookie scoop, scoop cookies onto prepared baking sheets.
  8. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill for 1 to 2 hours. (To save time, you can freeze unbaked cookies for a 1/2 hour, rather than refrigerating the dough)
  9. Just before baking, preheat the oven to 375°F.
  10. Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes, until they’re barely beginning to brown. (If the cookies have not been frozen, bake for 10-12 minutes)
  11. Remove the cookies from the oven, and cool right on the pan; or transfer to a rack. 

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