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May 2nd, 2006

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

A couple of months ago I was watching an episode of America’s Test Kitchen (recommended, by the way) and oatmeal cookies were being made. But not oatmeal raisin cookies – just oatmeal. And then the host, Chris Kimball, made some sort of derogatory comment towards raisins. He promoted oatmeal cookies by themselves (and with other ingredients), and kind of slammed raisins.

Then I read this blog entry about raisins and how they’ve “ruined” the oatmeal cookie. And the comments are pretty heated, but the original entry struck a chord with me.

What in the world happened to people that they got so uppity about the poor little raisin? Was it the California Raisins? Because trust me, we can do without them. Or maybe it’s something else? Something deeper?

In any event, I’m really perplexed over all this raisin hatred. Let’s get one thing straight: oatmeal raisin cookies are fantastic. They just are. Oatmeal cookies? Fine and all, but come on – you need something else in the cookie.

I’d like to propose a compromise. Instead of endorsing oatmeal-only cookies, let’s instead boost the underdog: the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. Truly, it combines the best of both worlds: the oatmeal that oatmeal lovers crave, and the chocolate chips that everyone else on earth craves. It’s like the black and white cookie, only with oatmeal and chocolate chips.

Just stop complainin’ about the raisin. (Blazed!)

Posted in Food and Beverage

FROM: jk
DATE: Tuesday May 2, 2006 -- 12:02:17 am
Oh yes, I am all about the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie! It's my signature cookie. I recommend a dash of cinnamon in the mix. Trust me.

FROM: Steve A
DATE: Tuesday May 2, 2006 -- 8:27:06 am
I'm with Chris Kimball on this, the only good thing to come from a grape was wine. ;-)


FROM: Leslie
DATE: Tuesday May 2, 2006 -- 10:02:20 am
Oatmeal cookies made with Raisin-ettes. They'll set you free, man.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday May 2, 2006 -- 11:10:15 am
I like chocolate chip cookies, but instead of chocolate chips, use plain M&M's. Those are awesome.

As for raisins or not, who cares? I'll eat oatmeal cookies with 'em, without 'em, with chocolate chips, with chocolate chips and raisins--it just doesn't matter. This Raisinette (R) idea has got me intrigued, that's for sure.

FROM: Monica
DATE: Tuesday May 2, 2006 -- 1:27:19 pm
I like making oatmeal cookies. Add in butterscotch chips! Or white chocolate chips and cranberries. Or white choc. chips and dried blueberries. Or dates. Walnuts. Dates and walnuts. Mmm, I bet pecans would be good too. Pecans and butterscotch chips! I love oatmeal... ;-)

FROM: wow
DATE: Tuesday May 2, 2006 -- 2:44:24 pm
you strange depraved people

FROM: Joe Revees
DATE: Tuesday May 2, 2006 -- 4:02:46 pm
Monica, I heard you like spinach in your cookies!

My dad's an uppity raisin snob, too. My brother and I used to hide raisins in his oatmeal in the morning when we were little. I don't think he likes oatmeal raisin cookies either.

I think I would be interested in meeting these people who get in heated discussions about "ruining" cookies with raisins. What kind of insults do they use?

FROM: Koji68
DATE: Tuesday May 2, 2006 -- 4:45:27 pm
Hey Monica! Do you like Earl?

FROM: Maria
DATE: Wednesday May 3, 2006 -- 11:32:18 am
Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are my signature cookie too, but my boyfriend always complains about me putting oatmeal in chocolate chip cookies. And raisins in oatmeal cookies. Last night, thanks to this ping, I made some plain oatmeal cookes and they are delicious!

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday May 4, 2006 -- 1:14:00 am
I know some people who just cannot stand raisins at all. Whether it is the dried fruitness, the insane sugar coatings many companies give them, or the preservatives, I do not know.

As for Test Kitchen host boy, best to simply ignore him. Just look at all of his workers raise their eyebrows (surrepitously) at him and mock him.

FROM: abbey
DATE: Sunday May 7, 2006 -- 8:43:12 pm
I really don't like oatmeal. It's all oat-y.

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