If I’m being honest, I wasn’t expecting much for Mothers Day. The Mr. was in New Orleans working on a movie and he isn’t always so great about planning things in advance. He’s the kind of guy that’s great at giving his credit card number over the phone. Can you say 1-800 flowers? So I was pleasantly surprised to find that he’d done his homework before he left town. My mom and dad invited me and the kids down to their house for breakfast where my dad proceeded to make breakfast for my mom and I. And if you know my dad, this is a feat in itself. My mom and I were both given gift certificates to the spa (squeal!) and I also got what very well might go down as the best Mothers Day present in history…………….
A custom cookie jar.
Yep, I said custom. Adorned with the hands and fingertips of my two favorite little people. My son was so excited to give it to me and tell me all about the process of picking the colors out and how the paint felt cold and sticky.
As much as I’d love to give credit to the Mr. for this one, it was all my Mom. (Although I’m sure he called in his credit card.) She took both my boys to Color Me Mine, a paint it yourself ceramic studio, and decked out this ultra special present for me. I may or may not have shed a tear or two. It’s just so sweet. I can’t help but smile every time I look at it.
When we got back home and found the perfect spot for the new cookie jar on the counter, something was off. Ah ha! It was empty. An empty cookie jar just doesn’t seem right. Especially a brand new custom cookie jar. So once the baby was down for a nap, my older son and I got to work filling it to the brim with deliciousness.
These are some of the best oatmeal raisin cookies I’ve ever had. This a recipe from my mom and she’s been making them for as long as I can remember. They are my dads favorite and they don’t usually last long around our house! The key to these ultra moist cookies is soaking the raisins in the beaten eggs. They do need to sit an hour so make sure to plan ahead when making these cookies. With or without the nuts, these cookies don’t disappoint. To all the Mommy’s in the world- thank you for all that you do.
The secret to these awesome oatmeal raisin cookies is soaking the raisins in beaten egg and vanilla extract. These are the BEST oatmeal cookie recipe around- trust me!!
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 3/4 cups toasted pecans, chopped (optional)
- Combine beaten eggs, raisins and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for one hour. *DON'T SKIP THIS STEP- IT'S THE SECRET TO THESE AWESOME COOKIES!
- Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
- In a small bowl, sift the flour, salt, cinnamon, and soda together; set aside.
- Cream the butter and both sugars together.
- Add flour mixture to butter and sugar and mix well. Dough will be stiff.
- Slowly add the egg/raisin mixture and mix until fully incorporated.
- Stir in oatmeal and pecans if using.
- Bake cookies on cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely.
This recipe has been created for high altitude kitchens. For sea level bakers, increase baking soda to 2 teaspoons, decrease vanilla extract to 2 teaspoons and increase granulated sugar to 1 full cup.