"Every time her husband left town on business, she was tempted to throw her apron away. No cooking. No cleaning. No one but the dogs to care for, and they didn't mind undone laundry. She'd walk them, maybe. If the weather was nice. If she felt like it. Maybe she didn't. Maybe she felt like curling up with a batch of fresh cookies and a new book and reading until she forgot her own name."
-This Life Undone
I'm an oatmeal raisin cookie lover for sure. I know exactly how I like them. Crusty on the outside. Warm and chewy on the inside. A little less sugar, extra raisins. The thing about cookies is they're so quick to make, by the time you decide you want them you're halfway to having them. Mix up the ingredients, pop in the oven and in eight to ten minutes you're reward has arrived.
The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Makes several dozen small cookies
In a large bowl, mix together butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Add the dry mix to the butter mixture, stir in the oats, raisins and walnuts, and mix until all integrated.
Preheat oven to 350F. Chill the dough in the fridge (optional - will result in thicker cookies). Scoop the cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (two inches apart).
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes (at least 12 for cookies that were chilled). Removed when golden at edges but still slightly soft/undercooked in appearance in the middle/top. Let sit for five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.