It feels like Spring in California. The daffodils in my garden are blooming, the fruit trees are blossoming and the sun is out. We are so lucky to enjoy such great temperatures, since most of the East Coast and Midwest are blanketed in several feet of snow. Even though I am dying to get outside, I have to make a batch of cookies to satisfy my sweet tooth. And don’t forget, we all need to incorporate more fiber into our diets, so this recipe with oats does the trick.
These cookies are perfect for your kids lunch box. I even caught my husband eating one even though he doesn’t like chocolate. They are irresistible because you get the burst of raisins in every bite and the chocolate morsels are warm when you eat one still warm from the oven. It’s hard not have chocolate all over your face after eating one of these delicious cookies.
There are so many oatmeal cookie recipes out there, but I promise you this one will be your favorite every time you crave something chocolaty and semi nutritious. The honey brings out a rich caramel flavor and makes this cookie a little chewy. It makes you want another. You might find yourself making a double batch and keeping some wrapped up in the freezer for unexpected company. I have also made ice cream sandwiches with this recipe, dipping the cookie in melted dark chocolate before adding a large scoop of vanilla ice cream in between two cookies.
Yum. I’m going back for another. See if you can resist eating more than one.
When I was in Spain a few months ago, I visited the Museum of Honey in Arzua while walking with friends on the Camino de Santiago. This place is a must see if you are walking the Camino Frances. Thank you Nancy Solomon at Orinda World Travel who organized our trip. We tasted honey, purchased some and bought a few packages of their honey lozenges made with eucalyptus, elderberry and citrus. I shared these with my hiking friend Beth who probably gave to her grand kids the moment she got home. (And these lozenges came in handy last month when my family was ill with the flu virus.) You will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the life of bees, and modern bee keeping.
After a few days hiking I brought out these home made cookies that I had packed for our group. The women were asking me for the recipe so they could make them for their friends and family when we returned home. It’s that good.
And thank you to Donna Mc Clure, my long time friend who introduced me to this cookie a zillion years ago. I of course have altered it a little over the years to make it my own.
If you are into bees, watch the new bee documentary on Netflix called Rotten. It’s all about corruption in the food world and how China has been exporting fake honey to the United States hurting the honey maker businesses of America.
I traded my apricot jam for honey with a guy I went to high school with named Dan West who owns Given Gold Jewelers in Oakland. He had posted his honey on Facebook so I decided I’d give it a try. I think we will be exchanging these delicious specialties forever so I don’t have to worry about getting a fake honey product.
Try this honey oatmeal chocolate chip raisin cookie recipe. You won’t go back to your old standby cookie recipe ever again.
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Chewy Honey Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 C. Unsalted Butter room temp
2 C granulated Sugar
2 T Local Honey
2 t Vanilla
2 C. sifted Flour
2 t Maldon Salt
1 t ground cinnamon
1 t ground ginger
½ t ground cloves
1 ½ t Baking Soda
1 1/2 C Quaker Oats (Not quick cooking)
3/4 C Fiber One Cereal
½ C mixed jumbo raisins (found at Trader Joes) soak in almond syrup or extract
½ C shredded or flaked coconut
1 ½ C bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate chips (good quality like Callebeaut or Ghirardelli)
1 C chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Place softened butter, sugar, honey, and vanilla into the mixer. Cream ingredients on low speed until incorporated. Add 1 egg at a time scraping bowl between mixing.
Sift flour with salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and baking soda until combined. While mixer is on low, add flour mixture, oats, coconut, Fiber One Cereal, chocolate chips, and walnuts until combined.
Scoop whatever size cookie you prefer onto sheet pan lined with paper or onto a silpat, leaving a little space between each cookie.
Bake 10-15 minutes.