An old classic with a seasonal twist. Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are perfectly chewy, studded with raisins and the perfect fall cookie thanks to a healthy addition of pumpkin spice.
I have a tendency to over commit. And by tendency, I mean I have a full blown problem. What the hell, you guys? When am I ever going to learn that saying no, thank you is totally ok. I swear overcommitting didn’t become an issue until I became a parent. Is it a mom thing? I can’t decide if it’s a control issue or subconsciously wanting to be a supermom or maybe I’m just totally normal trying to keep up yet constantly feel like I’m not doing enough. Either way, it still blows.
This isn’t my first rodeo either. I know where overcommitting gets me. It’s called the land of resent-ville. I get crabby, stressed and turn into a shitty friend, mama and wife. It’s always when I’m spread thin that I end up getting sick and when I’ve got too much on my plate I’m usually at my least productive. So yeah, over committing = a no win situation yet I find myself there way too often. Please tell me I’m not alone and can you all PLEASE teach me how to break this crazy-ass cycle.
I bring this up today because I have an especially busy week. The next five days is a full on collision of work commitments, volunteering and the beginning and end of extra curricular activities for my kiddos. It’s the perfect storm in the mom world if you will. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at my calendar in full disgust because it’s overly full and I have no to blame but myself. Sure the work and kiddo stuff is there to stay. But the rest? It could simply all go away if I can learn to just say NO.
So while I don’t know if I’ll find the time to get a shower this week or sneak in a workout, I did find the time to make cookies this weekend. Whenever I feel stressed, I ignore the feelings and hunker down in my kitchen. It’s called priorities. Or delusion. Or suppression. Whatever, take your pick. They’re probably all a little bit true. And baking makes me feel better so it had to be done.
These are a classic oatmeal cookie but loaded with warming pumpkin spice and plump juicy raisins. They’ll make your house smell wonderful and almost make you forget that you’ve got a crazy-ass week ahead. Almost. So now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to drown my sorrows in milk and cookies. Just kidding, I don’t drink milk. It will definitely be whiskey and cookies.
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup raisins, I like to use a mix of golden and Thompson
- Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
- Line a large baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper.
- Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin spice in a medium bowl.
- Using a stand mixer, beat the butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mix until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Stir in the oats and raisins.
- Drop cookies by heaping tablespoon on lined baking baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are light brown around the edges. Be sure not to over cook! Remove cookies from oven and let cool on baking sheet for five minutes until transferring to a cooling rack. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
These cookies work beautifully in my high altitude kitchen as written. I live just below 7000 feet.