Golden Oat and Raisin Cookies

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Whenever I see that another blogger has made cookies using oats I get a jealous impulse to make some of my own. Baking is, in my opinion, the true calling for an oat – porridge just doesn’t do it for me. The texture of oats seems to impart exactly what I look for in a cookie; a homeliness that is hard to find in the more flashy cookies. In my original oat and raisin cookie recipe I remarked that chocolate chip cookies are all well and good, but if I’m being honest, oats are where it’s at! However, I need to be more careful since using such a grammatically troubled phrase may well give me a nosebleed.

I’m posting an updated version of this recipe, simply because I don’t feel I did them justice the first time round. The recipe could have been a little more interesting, a problem rectified by the presence of almonds and golden syrup (corn syrup). However, you can probably tell from the new photos that I’m still experiencing occasional lighting issues, something which is still waiting to be fully rectified. Though, you will be pleased to note that my girlfriend, in terms of photography, has been replaced by a large white sheet.

Cookies and I have never seen eye to eye, though by all accounts cookies don’t actually have eyes so I’m not entirely clear on whether that’s my fault. However, this is the one cookie recipe that has served me well time and again – it manages to always maintain a perfect balance between cakey and gooey. Still, I’d like to hone my skills, so perhaps something a little trickier ought to be attempted. Stay tuned!

Oat and Raisin Cookies

Makes 18-20

Ingredients:

• 85g butter

• 60g light muscovado sugar

• 40g golden caster sugar

• 1 tbsp golden syrup

• 1 medium egg

• 150g self-raising flour

• 120g wholemeal porridge oats

• 50g ground almonds

• 100g raisins

• ½ tsp cinnamon

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a suitable oven tray. Cream together the butter and the sugar, stir in the golden syrup and whisk in the egg. Sift in the flour and fold until fully incorporated. Fold in the oats, raisins, almonds and cinnamon.

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2. Dollop one large teaspoon of mixture onto the greased tray for every cookie, flatten it a little making sure there is plenty of space between each cookie.

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3. Bake in batches of 6-8 for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Allow to cool a little before removing them from the tray.

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Cost: Compared to the old recipe, this is a little more expensive since it uses more raisins and ground almonds. However, the price for the whole batch has increased only a little to £1.30, so I expect all to be forgiven.

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114 comments on “Golden Oat and Raisin Cookies

  1. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    October 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Absolutely you’re forgiven! It’s early morning.. I haven’t had breakfast yet, I think a few of these would be a perfect replacement for oatmeal!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 28, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Well, I am glad to hear it :D. They do make a great breakfast!

  2. The Literate Chef
    October 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Oh, these look positively delicious. Now if I can just find muscovado and castor sugar and golden syrup here in the States! Then if I can covert the grams to ounces and the centigrade to Fahrenheit, I’ll be all set. Of course I will have to wait until Hurricane Sandy, aka Frankenstorm, has run its course so that my electric oven does not shut down in the middle of the baking…

    • frugalfeeding
      October 28, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Corn syrup would work well! And you could use any sugar really, muscovado is simply soft. OH yes, batten down the hatches!

      • Somer
        October 28, 2012 at 10:44 pm

        Sure you don’t……

    • Somer
      October 28, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Muscovado sugar is similar to dark brown sugar (or add 1 t. molasses to each cup of brown sugar) Caster sugar is similar to granulated sugar and golden syrup is similar to dark corn syrup. Hope that helps :) Best of luck with the storm.

      • frugalfeeding
        October 28, 2012 at 10:37 pm

        There you are! You can make caster sugar by grinding granulated.

        • Somer
          October 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm

          :) Sorry for jumping in, couldn’t help myself!

          • frugalfeeding
            October 28, 2012 at 10:40 pm

            That’s quite all right – I don’t know quite everything…

      • Maya Oryan
        October 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

        Love those kind of intrusions:)

        I feel like trying it with ground almonds, sounds yummy!

  3. petit4chocolatier
    October 28, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    These look so good, and I would love to have one right now with a glass of milk. You are forgiven : )

    Loved your previous recipes too!

  4. cookinginsens
    October 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Love the glass! Too bad about the raisins :)

    • frugalfeeding
      October 28, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks – I love them too :D. Not a fan, Rosemary? 😀

  5. Sinead
    October 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    These look so yummy, I have the biggest craving for oat and raisin cookies now :-)

  6. spree
    October 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    All is forgiven … Of course we can only offer that for things past; you mustn’t interpret this as free license to wantonly (and with complete disregard for your loyal and frugal followers) go about jacking up the costs of All your confections! (nice cookies Nick!)

    • frugalfeeding
      October 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      Thank goodness for that… I shan’t, never fear! (Thanks)

  7. moderngirlnutrition
    October 28, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Gorgeous pictures!:)

    • frugalfeeding
      October 28, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks! I was a little disappointed with them to begin with.

  8. Green Door Hospitality
    October 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    My husband’s favorite cookie is the Oat and Raisin. Always looking for ways to improve it and give it a twist. Love the addition of the ground almonds!

    Kenley

    • frugalfeeding
      October 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      Snap! They impart a really nice flavour 😀 Thanks!

  9. Skuggs
    October 28, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Try light molasses as a replacement for golden syrup. It’s not quite the same but almost.
    These look fabulous. Are they crunchyish or more soft cookieyish?

    • frugalfeeding
      October 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      I heard dark corn syrup is better? Molasses is more like treacle right? Thanks! They are somewhere between the two – which is what I like about them.

  10. LBcruiseshipblogger
    October 28, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Those look quite tasty other than I don’t care for raisins cooked into things – but those could easily be replaced by chocolate chips or craisins.

  11. cindy knoke
    October 28, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Love these!

  12. Kim (klling) @ Tranquil Dreams
    October 28, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Looks awesome!

  13. The Perky Poppy Seed
    October 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I love oatmeal cookies:) In fact… I just made some yesterday.. they were low gluten:) Nothing like an oatmeal cookie with a cup of freshly brewed coffee:) ps I love your blue sheet pan:)

    • frugalfeeding
      October 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Aren’t they lovely? (I have the coffee right in front of me – yum) Thanks – so do we. It’s made of 100% recycled metal 😀

  14. Inge
    October 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I will try this one day since I’ve made oat biscuits and flapjacks few times.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe. :)

  15. narf77
    October 28, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    The Aussie and New Zealand (better include them to quash any howling from the ranks in advance 😉 ) women who invented Anzac biscuits certainly knew what they were doing when they started with the humble oat. Nothing says “homemade” like something containing oats and nations have risen and fallen on their hearty goodness. I eat oats every day and they keep me going through the day. Those biscuits look delicous! I refuse to call them cookies…they are biscuits ;). There is something magical that happens to oats when you add butter to them and cook the results. I couldn’t get our spoiled mutts to eat fibre and stumbled on the idea of toasting oats in a little butter to add to their meal and suddenly the oats became something to celebrate. Steve loves a good biscuit and with all the hard slog we have been doing in making our garden beds over the last week I think he has earned one of these raisin spiked beauties. Thank you for constantly being able to prempt my food callings before I have them 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      October 28, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      I need to do a proper recipe for anzac biscuits! I do love a good oat – very comforting. They are biscuits, but for most of the American contingent I thought it was better to avoid confusion…They certainly are good for a hard slog! I hope I continue to do so!

      • narf77
        October 29, 2012 at 11:02 am

        Please do keep “slogging”…we all love your posts more than you may realise. It’s a rare thing to find a blog that posts something delectable every single time. Your blog is one of my keepers :)

        • frugalfeeding
          November 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm

          Oh I shall! I’m glad you think so highly of it!

  16. narf77
    October 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    By the way…that milk glass is amazing! Where could I get ME one of those babies?

    • frugalfeeding
      October 28, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks – we have three… we adore them… I don’t know really, we get them from a shop called TKMAXX which does knocked down “designer” kitchen-ware. They are made from 100% recycled glass.

      • narf77
        October 29, 2012 at 11:00 am

        Might have to sniff about the internet for an online source methinks! Cheers for the heads up :)

  17. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    October 28, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Our grocery now carries golden syrup so I should give it a try. The cookies look fantastic no doubt some top-notch pillow holding is to credit.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 28, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      Oh fantastic!It was! But still, not quite enough light!

  18. Somer
    October 28, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    These look delightfully tasty Nick. Nothing like a humble oat cookie to warm up a cold winter afternoon. I’ve got some baking to do….

    • frugalfeeding
      October 28, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks, Somer! Yes! Get baking! IT may be nearly 10pm here but we have a banana cake in the oven 😀

      • Somer
        October 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm

        Sounds delicious! Enjoy Nick! I’ve still got plenty of day light, I’ve got my work cut out for me though… Still need to do my VVP post :/ plus I’m a little worn out after yesterdays intense kitchen challenge, I think cookies will have to do and VVP can wait til tomorrow 😉

        • frugalfeeding
          October 28, 2012 at 10:48 pm

          Oh it will be, with walnuts and chocolate. I’ve not written my VVP post… I will… I have two things to cook tomorrow too. I might write the VVP tonight…

          • Somer
            October 28, 2012 at 10:51 pm

            Save a slice for me!

            What is wrong with us? I was up past midnight last night getting my Iron Chef challenge one up. We’re not even getting paid….Are you ever going to go self hosted? I’m two minds about it. I like the comfort net of WP.

            Though it’d be a tragedy to make all these lovely things and not share.

          • frugalfeeding
            October 28, 2012 at 10:57 pm

            Haha – I’m regularly up til 1AM doing this :D. I might, not yet – it’s more work and I don’t really understand the benefit of it… There seems little point… If it became lucrative probably.

          • Somer
            October 28, 2012 at 11:03 pm

            Yeah, that’s the point of going self hosted, to get paid. I know a few people who rake in the dough through blogging (like big bucks), although my audience is pretty select. I doubt site advertisers through wordads or google ads do much, I think the real money is made through sponsorship.

            This has totally become a part time job. It’s unbelievable how much I put into it, The reward for now is seeing people want to make healthy lifestyle changes and bring joy through food, which is clearly important to me :) For now, that’s enough.

          • frugalfeeding
            October 28, 2012 at 11:06 pm

            It has come in pretty handy with getting job interviews – everyone seems to be pretty impressed. I don’t care about making money through it at all. Perhaps someone will ask me to write a recipe book for them…

          • Somer
            October 28, 2012 at 11:08 pm

            There you go, a Frugal Feeding cookbook is one I would purchase!

            That’s great it gets you props in the work place, as it should! :)

          • frugalfeeding
            October 28, 2012 at 11:10 pm

            Haha – I would love to write one… if someone paid me. Yes, it has been useful :)

          • Somer
            October 28, 2012 at 11:11 pm

            Keep going, they will!

          • frugalfeeding
            October 28, 2012 at 11:11 pm

            Perhaps, perhaps.

          • Somer
            October 28, 2012 at 11:12 pm

            :)

  19. The Healthy Flavor
    October 28, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    These look delicious. I love to use oats and almond flour in cookies too! Gives them such a nice texture and chew. I don’t like raisins unfortunately, but that can easily be fixed with chocolate chips! They look beautiful!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 3, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      I’m glad you think so. chocolate chips could definitely be subbed in.

  20. skybunnies
    October 29, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Yummmm I hate you for making me feel like baking a batch of my own sigh…I’ll definitely be back for the recipe after my fitness comp is over fo shizzle!! Thank you so much for dropping by my blog too- hope you enjoy reading my crazy rants (they’re only going to get crazier after my carbs are cut haha) x

    • frugalfeeding
      November 3, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Haha – sorry! I shall check back just to read them :)

  21. ariadnesthread101
    October 29, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Thanks for stopping by our blog and giving a thumbs up to the post you read :)
    Great site! Looking forward to browsing and trying out a few things :)
    (Zareen for Ariadne’s Thread)

  22. Sasha
    October 29, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I totally agree with you. I’ll take an oatmeal raisin over chocolate chip anyday.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 3, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      thanks, Sasha – I’m glad someone agrees 😀

  23. createeng
    October 29, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! This is one of my favorite cookies. :)

  24. runesandrhinestones
    October 29, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I always have issues with cookies! They always end up as a tray of cookie rather than separate cookies, but I now have a recipe book dedicated just to cookies and I’m planning on practising soon :)

    • frugalfeeding
      November 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Ah that’s a great idea… perhaps I need one!

  25. Karen
    October 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I really like your idea of the ground almonds in the cookies. I bet it really adds to the flavor and texture.

  26. bumbleblue17
    October 29, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    These sound yummy! I will have to swap my paint brushes for a wooden spoon and given them a go – no ground almonds for me though – dreaded nut allergy which seems to get in the way of everything! Would this recipe still work without them?

    • frugalfeeding
      November 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks! Oh yes, great idea! Of course it would, ’tis shame though!

  27. Korena in the Kitchen
    October 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Ground almonds is a great addition! I’m a chocolate chip cookie girl myself, but oatmeal raisin cookies definitely don’t get the recognition they deserve!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks! They worked very well indeed. I do like the chips 😀

  28. musingmar
    October 30, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Ah, the humble yet noble oatmeal cookie. Looks so tempting … a perfect snack while the edges of a hurricane swirl around outside the window.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 3, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks – I loved them so much and we made so many :).

  29. marymtf
    October 30, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Forget the complicated, the only responsibility a cookie has is to be yummy. I’m not a fan of oat cookies, but I’m willing to make an exception here. The oatmeal biscuits I’ve come across haven’t had almonds, muscovado sugar or golden syrup in them. Plus the milk and cookie combination reminds me of the good old school days and a snack before settling down to homework. How can I I resist.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Exactly! Exactly. You should make an exception!

  30. Shira
    October 30, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Gorgeous cookie and I adore the ingredients Nick! Ground almonds and oatmeal? Sign me up! Amazing! Now get to work on that VVP post! 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      November 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks, Shira! I love ground almonds! I loved doing the VVP 😀

  31. westendmaw
    October 30, 2012 at 9:29 am

    These look great – what I like about oatmeal cookies is I can pretend they are a health food… Fruit as well – there’s one of my five a day right there!

  32. Karista
    October 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    There really is nothing like a good oatmeal cookie. These look delicious and I love the addition of the ground almonds.
    This past summer I shopped at our local farmer’s market and there was a little bakery stand that sold oatcakes. I believe Irish oatcakes. The best little oatmeal treat I’ve ever had. Light, crispy, full of raisins and cranberries. Do you make these Frugal? I tried to reproduce but no luck. And I can’t seem to find the right recipe online. They were very thin, a bit crispy, almost as if they had been pan fried, but they were baked. Just thought you’d know a recipe or something of the sort. I’m now so addicted to them and the market is gone for the season. :( Along with the oatcakes.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Exactly! I’ll have to give you all a recipe for them! I’ll see what I can do!

  33. Rachel (@rachelcooksblog)
    October 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    These look fantastic!

  34. taylorgetsfit
    October 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I’ve been wanting these all day!

  35. There's a frog on my Sprocket!
    October 31, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I really want some… Unfortunately I’ll have to wait, since I don’t have access to a kitchen at the moment.
    I truly love the photography on your blog as much as the recipes.
    Thanks for so many great posts

  36. jenyapnyc
    October 31, 2012 at 1:28 am

    oh my, i feel like going out tonight to get some cookies despite all the mess outside after hurricane Sandy..

  37. thelittleloaf
    October 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Ah, you said you’d be posting cookies soon. These look lovely – golden and crisp and delicious with the perfect amount of bite.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      I’ll post again soon, I’m sure 😀 they were delicious!

  38. daisyandthefox
    November 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    these look delicious!! :) yum yum yum

  39. Catherine
    November 4, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Oaty cookies are the best! They are so much more substantial than butter and sugar cookies, and you can pretend you are eating something healthy…

    • frugalfeeding
      November 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      They definitely are! Yes, people don’t think of you so badly if you have an oat cookie.

  40. shedreamsingreen
    December 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    i made these- they were excellent. I really like your glass of milk too-is it recycled glass? thank you-great blog.

    • frugalfeeding
      December 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Amazing – so glad you enjoyed. It is recycled, indeed!

  41. mamagwen
    January 4, 2013 at 2:55 am

    I made these and they were delicious! Big hit with the kids too :)

    • frugalfeeding
      January 6, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Fantastic, Gwen – glad they went down well.

  42. Michelle
    April 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm