Yeah, not so much in the presentation department, but they are tasty.  I needed to take the picture and get going

so these aren’t plated well but they are beauties and SO SOFT.  It was time to bake

up a sweet treat for my 95 year old mother in law.  So I started with a basic oatmeal cookie and just started adding

things and making it my own.

 Cocoa Oatmeal Cookies

  1 cup butter, softened          1 cup packed brown sugar          1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs                                        1 Tsp. vanilla extract                    1 tsp. cinnamon

1 1/2 cup flour                        1/3 unsweetened cocoa powder         1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. sea salt                   1 cup plumped raisins                         3 cups rolled oats

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Put the 1 cup of raisins in a large microwave proof measuring cup or bowl.  Cover with water and microwave for about 3 minutes.  Let sit in hot water while mixing up the cookies then DRAIN and stir in plumped raisins last. 
  3. Beat butter or margarine and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well.  Stir in oats and plumped DRAINED raisins, mix well.
  4. Divide up and roll into logs and place in freezer to stiffen up a bit or place in fridge for a few hours or over night….this helps cookies not spread too much when made with butter.


Raisins sitting in boiled water for a few minutes to plump…batter ready for them to be added.

  1. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls or slice off of rolled up log and place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until cookies are almost set. Do not overbake. Cool 1 minute on cookies sheets, then move to wire racks. Cool – store tightly covered.

note: after being in the freezer for under an hour my cookies took about 12 minutes to bake.

 Image They are wonderfully soft while still warm from the oven.  After some storage, being sealed up we will see how soft they stay.  I can always add a piece of bread to soften them before delivering them to my 95 year old mother in law.  I wonder what it would taste like to add a bit of cayenne to make them a Mexican version cookie.  Hmmmm….sounds worth trying to me.