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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I think one of the biggest secrets to baking or cooking with dried fruit like raisins is to plump them first by soaking them in some liquid.  And, me being me, I decided to plump them in a little bit of liquor.  Of course, you can use whatever spirits you have on hand or just soak them in water, but this was just more fun.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


Ingredients:

- 1 stick (8 T.) of butter, room temperature
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 2 T. of pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 3/4 c. flour
- 1 1/4 c. oats
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 T. of cinnamon
- 1 c. of raisins
- 1/2 c. of whipped cream vodka
- 1/2 c. of cinnamon flavored whiskey

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Put the raisins in a bowl and cover them with the liquors.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

In a stand mixer (or in a bowl using a hand mixer), cream together the syrup, butter, and sugar.  Beat the egg and vanilla together and slowly incorporate them into the sugar mixture.  Slowly add the dry ingredients into the mix a little bit at a time.  Once combined, drain the raisins and stir them in.  (I added a tiny drizzle of the booze to the batter as well.)

Scoop the dough onto the cookie sheets and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.  Immediately move the cookies off of the hot cookie sheets to cool.  They should be chewy and delicious.