Recipe + Giveaway |Oats & Raisins Cookies

It has been some time since I baked with the kids although we go dabble with some baking every now and then whenever we are over at my sister’s house.  Last week while my sister was on leave and since I have lots of raisins at home, I decided to make some Oats & Raisins Cookies, attempting to do a Subway style with soft and chewy centre.

Oats & Raisins Cookies

Of all ingredients, I forgot to buy plain flour(!).  Having only bread flour at my sister’s house, she said to just use it and much to our delight, the outcome is really nice.  The texture is sort of like a marriage between cake and bread.  With the abundant oats and raisins, it created a chewy and addictive bite too.  Sometimes, daring to step out of one’s comfort zone can return with a sweet reward instead.  So give this a try if you are keen to experiment. 🙂

Quaker Oats

Recipe (Makes 26 large cookies)

Ingredients
230g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
200g packed light or dark brown sugar
30g granulated sugar
2 large-sized eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
190g bread flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (actually I only used a few dashes of sea salt)
240g Quaker Quick Cook Wholesome Oatmeal
140g raisins
(Optional) 50g chocolate buttons or chopped nuts

Directions

1.  Cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until creamy and whitish.  Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix on high until combined.  It takes just about 1 minute.

2.  Add the flour, baking soda and salt into the mixture above.  Mix on low until combined.

3.  Beat in the oats and raisins (and optional ingredients, if using) on low speed.  The dough should look thick, yet very sticky.

4. Chill the dough in the fridge for an hour or overnight (I find it less tiring).  Chilling the dough before baking allows it to rest and absorb all the flavours within.

5.  Before baking, allow the dough to sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes before scooping out into individual portions for baking.

6.  Preheat oven to 180 deg. C.

7.  Roll balls of dough (I prefer large cookies so made them into balls of estimated 4cm dia.) and place them well apart on the baking sheets.  Bake for 12 minutes until the sides of the cookies are VERY LIGHTLY browned.  The centres will appear to be soft and undone.  Remove from the oven and let them continue to “bake” for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack for complete cooling.

8.  Serve your cookies with a good cup of tea or a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!  Ooohh la la!


The kids have always enjoyed being part of the baking “team” at home.  They would fight to measure the ingredients or to carry out the next step.  It’s a really slow preparation process because they can take forever to weigh everything.

I wish I have more energy to bake with them.  Or I should seriously have an ideal space at my new home that can be big enough to contain mess and hopefully, be an island so that we need not stand side by side while working.

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Measuring the sugar in preparation for Step 1.

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Step 1 in progress : Cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until creamy and whitish. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix on high until combined. It takes just about 1 minute.

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I used Quaker Quick Cook Oatmeal for baking because the kids are used to it’s texture and also that it cooks easily within minutes – great for baking, I think.

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Step 2. Add the flour, baking soda and salt into the mixture above. Mix on low until combined.

The texture before adding in the oats & raisins.

The texture before adding in the oats & raisins.

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The completed dough – chill to set before baking.

Oats & Raisin Cookies

Taaadaahh! Another feat in the kitchen ❤

Oats are a great source of energy and wholesome food.  Since my children started on solids, they have been eating this particular type of Quick Cook oatmeal by Quaker.  My mum said that this is less heaty compared to the Instant Oats and I have been following her advice since.  Simply add water to the oats and cook for about 2-3 minutes.  The oatmeal can be further diluted with hot water if you find the consistency too thick.  Oats is also a fantastic complement to lots of other food and fruits.  If you can imagine it, you probably can find a good and healthy meal out of it.  I typically add a small teaspoon of brown sugar while cooking the oats, and top them with dried food or fruits for the children.  My kitchen is typically full of snacks and now that the children are older, I let them explore their own topping too.

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If you are keen to find out more information about Quaker Oats or to explore some other healthier recipes using oats, follow this link to http://bit.ly/quakersg and see what awesome meal conjured up by some of the other Hearty Ambassadors at Getgo Parents!

INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY

Thanks to our sponsors, we invited our readers to share with us their favourite way to enjoy their oatmeal and will host a Instagram Giveaway of 3 x $50 Quaker Food Hampers.  Simply hop over to our Instagram to take part now!  Giveaway will end on 1st Dec ’15.  Winners to collect prizes from Quaker’s office in Singapore.

{SAys! Happy Mums 1st Anniversary Giveaway #10} – Ends 1st Dec '15 A wholesome breakfast for the family today ♡ with Quaker's good old Quick Cook Oatmeal. I added lots of raisins and granola and milk for them to enjoy. Quaker's oats has been a staple for the kids especially since when the kids started with solids. Glad that we have been blessed with a chance to feature it. We have a #GIVEAWAY for our Instagram followers. Stand a chance to win 1 of 3 $50 hampers from Quaker Singapore! 1. Simply share how you enjoy your daily healthy dose of Quaker on our Instagram @sayshappymums with the hashtag #QuakerSG and #QuakerxSAysHappyMums. Remember to set your IG profile as PUBLIC! 2. LIKE us on Facebook www.facebook.com/sayshappymums 3. LIKE & SHARE this post on Facebook for additional +1 bonus Good luck!

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We hope that you like the above recipe.  By all means replace the recipe with plain flour if you prefer a crispier or crunchy bite.  Thanks for joining us at SAys! Happy Mums!  All photos unless otherwise stated are copyright of SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

~ SAys! Shirley 🙂

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