Sunday, September 26, 2010

baking at night and cookies

Raise your hand if you like to bake at night! This is the part where my right arm would shoot up and my hand would wave around from side to side eagerly. There's something about whisking together ingredients, greasing a cookie sheet, or flouring a cake pan once the sun has gone down that really relaxes me. Since I work five days a week morning to evening, it's always made sense to just break the eggs at night ;) Not to mention that it's been over 90 degrees in SoCal this whole week, so it definitley makes it more comfortable to be around the oven at night.

Now lets talk about chocolate covered raisins. SO ADDICTIVE. You can't just have one chocolate covered raisin! I learned this the hard way after buying them in bulk from Costco. Those little candies have found their way into my heart and stomach in the best way.  I threw some into my cookie batter last night and *oy vey* am I glad that I did! These cookies were out of this world fantastic! Top of the list tasty.

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed + 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chocolate covered raisins

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together.

2.Stir flour mixture into the butter mixture. Stir in the oats, chocolate covered raisins and walnuts.

3. Drop batter by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing the cookies two inches apart. Place baking sheets in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

4. Preheat oven to 350°F and place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Bake cookies in preheated oven for 15 , or until the edges are golden brown and the tops look a little undercooked. Allow cookies to sit on the hot baking sheet for five minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.

Yields: 24 delicious cookies


  1. I like to clean the house at night, after everybody sleeps.
    I'm very much nocturnal, like doing things when everybody is in dreamland.
    But now, since I'm with kids, I can't really sleep and wake up as I like.
    so, far never baked after everybody slept, the smell might deter them from sleeping, hahah!!

  2. i love these cookies... they look really good.

  3. I love that you used chocolate covered raisins! I used them once in a banana bread and they were scrumptious! I like baking in the morning...especially on the weekends.

  4. Oooh, those cookies sound delicious!

  5. Those Costco chocolate covered raisins are fabulous. I can only imagine how fabulous your cookies must be!

  6. i do my best baking in the wee hours of the morning, but regardless of when they're made, cookies like this are fantastic! :)

  7. What a great idea using raisin covered with chocolate...they look SO SO yummie!

  8. chocolate covered raisins in a cookie? why didn't I think of that?!

  9. For years the only time I could bake was at night.
    I love the raisins you've used in your cookies, which, by the way, sound fabulous. I'm relatively new to your blog and I don't comment often, but I wanted you to know how much I enjoy the food and recipes you feature here. I always enjoy my visits. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary.