Sunday, January 27, 2013

Oatmeal Jumbo Raisin Cookies

I spent the first 36-1/2 years of my life without a Trader Joe's within driving distance.  Can you believe it?!?  I moved to the So. Jersey/Philadelphia area from San Antonio last June {SA has since opened one...naturally}.  So "T.J.'s" was first on my list of places to visit (Liberty Bell and Independence Hall came in close second and third - priorities, people!)

After walking up and down the aisles for about 45 minutes, I ended up at the checkout line with one thing.

Strawberry licorice.

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Have you tried it???  If not, do it.  You'll thank me later.

Since then, I have gone back...mainly for more licorice (all their stuff is "healthy"  right?), and some other things I've tried and liked.  Like their parmesan crisps, dried mango, mac and cheese, and vanilla granola.

But it wasn't until last Tuesday that I came across THESE suckers:

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The Jumbo Raisin Medley, consisting of golden, flame (the red ones), and the purple raisins we're used to seeing - but on steroids.

So guess what immediately came to my mind to make with these...

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Oatmeal Jumbo Raisin Cookies

2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups Trader Joe's Jumbo Raisin Medley (less if you're not so into raisins like I am)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

Sift and whisk together flour, soda, cinnamon and salt.

Using an electric beater, cream the butter and sugars til smooth.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add vanilla and beat until pale and creamy, about 3-5 minutes.

Mix in dry ingredients just til combined.   Fold in oats and raisins.

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Form dough into 2" balls using a small ice cream scoop or by hand and place about 2" apart on baking sheets.  Bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes.  Cool 10 minutes on sheets before removing to cooling racks.  Grab some milk.  Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

 ** You've got to really like raisins to enjoy these cookies.  Because there's usually one or part of one in every bite ;)

This recipe is also part of a link-up party at Simply Sweets By Honeybee.  Woohoo!

What are some of your favorite Trader Joe's products?





5 comments:

SimplySweetsbyHoneybee{Melissa} said...

They just opened a T.J.'s in my area & I spent about a half hour in there looking at everything and left empty handed. I know sad. I guess I was overwhelmed by everything.

These cookies look so delicious & are going on my list of sweets I'd like to try. I love oatmeal raisin cookies. Thanks so much for linking up :)

Janine Eshelbrenner said...

There's nothing like a good oatmeal raisin cookie! These sound yummy!

kristen @ just-iced cookies said...

Thanks for throwing the party! Otherwise I just would have made the cookies and not documented it. This is fun!

I'm a fan of about 8 things at TJs. Otherwise I don't get there much ;)

kristen @ just-iced cookies said...

Give them a whirl! I like mine soft and chewy; if you like them crispier just tone down the flour a bit ;)

Ryan Martin said...

The cookie butter is yummy and addicting. I bought a jar and ate the whole thing myself. I can't buy the stuff anymore! Try it and tell me what you think!