Friday, December 02, 2011

25 Days of Christmas, Day 2: Son in Law Cookies

My mom discovered this recipe some time back and quickly added the cookie to her holiday repertoire. When you love something, you want the people you love to also love that thing. Unfortunately for my mother; my sisters and I were never huge fans of oatmeal raisin cookies so, you can imagine her delight when her son-in-laws both embraced the cookie with the fervor of a rabid Beiber fan, at long last vindicating her insistence on making them year after year after year.

Because Hugh is one of those sons-in-law, I decided to add the cookie to my holiday line-up as well. Because I'm sweet like that. And because I derive no pleasure from watching a grown man cry (contrary to popular opinion).

Also, the cookie has grown on me over the years. Eww, I just pictured cookies growing from my skin; that's nasty. Although....that would also be awesome. Or not. Depends on if you like oatmeal raisin cookies, I guess. And, you know, walking around with cookies sprouting from your body would probably not be the most tidy thing to do, crumbs and all, and, as usual, I digress...

Son in Law Cookies (AKA: Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies)

1 pkg spice cake mix
1 cup quick-cooking oats (not old fashioned or instant)
2 eggs (I show 4 here because, like most recipes, I double the batch)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking sheets (or, line sheets with parchment paper; that's what I do). Combine cake mix, oats, eggs and oil in large mixing bowl. Beat at low speed with electric mixer until blended. Stir in raisins. Drop by rounded spoonful onto baking sheets and bake until lightly browned, 9-12 minutes, depending on your oven. Remove to cooling rack. Store in Ziplock bags. Can be frozen for up to a month (or longer; I've hidden these from Hugh for MONTHS in the freezer and he says they still taste perfect. When he finds them).

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