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August 12, 2011

I wish I could say that lately I’ve been consumed by important things like Congress reaching an agreement to raise the debt ceiling, but the truth is that my #1 priority has been exactly this:

What am I going to eat when the sun finally sets?

Let’s face it: cooking isn’t my strong point. I tried for a while…really I did. I studiously watched The Food Network to learn important things like how to make a roux. But then I realized it makes no sense to labor over homemade macaroni and cheese when I get comments from Ali like:

“I don’t like your macaroni. The one out of the blue box is so much better.”

In any case, let’s be honest here: nobody really visits my blog to admire and replicate my sad little no-boil lasagna, right? I’m sure we’d all agree that Ali’s inability to clean up his crap or his addiction to things that require electricity lends to far more interesting reading.

But thanks to my fear of wasting food I actually did make something worth blogging about. So if anyone else has issues like me and is stressing about how to use up a box of instant oatmeal I suggest you invest the 10 minutes required to make these fabulous cookies.

And when you devour these at sunset and your husband says, “Those smell good but don’t look like regular oatmeal cookies,” just do your best to ignore him. That’s all you can really do.

Oatmeal Raisin Cinnamon Cookies

3 packets of instant oatmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup raisins
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 cup room temperature butter (I used salted because can one ever have too much salt? No.)

Mix everything together, drop onto a cookie sheet, and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Makes 12 cookies.

94 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2011 12:18 am

    are these gluten free? did you have one or at least a 1/4th of one?
    I wish they made “peppered butter” as well as “salted”. At the state fair, I saw fried butter. I’ll admit, I’m afraid of it.

    • August 12, 2011 11:05 am

      These are gluten-free…or they were until I put regular flour in them. But the tiny but of flour didn’t give me a stomach ache. Knock on wood….

  2. August 12, 2011 1:02 am

    I cook close to never in my non-air conditioned Spanish kitchen. So when the mood strikes and I do supply the Spaniard with one of my masterpieces (term used loosely) – he responds with nothing but resounding praise. 🙂

    1) I think the food isn’t that bad, but
    2) I think he is more afraid of my non-air conditioned summer wrath 🙂

    Speaking of… I promised a meal tonight. Let’s see how this goes. Cookies look great!

    • August 12, 2011 11:06 am

      When it’s hot I cook even less than I normally cook – which is very little. I hear Spain is HOT in the summer! I don’t blame you one bit.

  3. August 12, 2011 1:23 am

    Hahahahahaha! Gosh you make me laugh. How is it that you haven’t decked Ali a million times? LOL! Mr HG comes out with crazy statements like that sometimes and it just blows me away. Totes up for your 10 minutes biscuits here. They look and sound great.

  4. August 12, 2011 3:42 am

    Without food, we can’t live. Making your cookies and what you eat VERY important stuff.

    • August 12, 2011 11:07 am

      Very true. And as Ramadan progresses I am really understanding how important food is.

  5. August 12, 2011 3:45 am

    Great recipe, don’t take this the wrong way I can’t picture you baking. I totally get thinking about what you’re going to eat later in the day and despite not fasting do this all the time.

    • August 12, 2011 11:07 am

      I don’t picture me baking either so no offense taken!

  6. August 12, 2011 4:10 am

    Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites. It’s the chewy texture I think… And obviously the best time to eat cookies is late night. Totally. 🙂

  7. August 12, 2011 5:23 am

    Haha…if I were fasting, I would spend ALL day thinking about food I would make too 🙂 These cookies look delicious! And you say you’re not a cook 😉

    • August 12, 2011 11:08 am

      Thanks Anna…I am more Sandra Lee than Ina Garten but I can pull together a few decent things…

  8. August 12, 2011 5:47 am

    Wonderful and easy recipe. I’ll have to make it. I love oatmeal.

  9. August 12, 2011 5:49 am

    Hmmm! Why do these remind me of cookie monster ?

    • August 12, 2011 11:08 am

      They are large! Which is the best kind of cookie.

  10. August 12, 2011 5:53 am

    I love oatmeal cookies for multiple reasons…but the most important is that you can tell yourself they are semi-healthy, which means you can eat approximately 12 before feeling guilty.
    Jess law.

  11. August 12, 2011 6:00 am

    sounds good to me!! I’d love one of these right now!

  12. August 12, 2011 6:02 am

    Haha… you’re funny. And Ali is just like my kids, they like store-bought mac & cheese better than mine so I stop making them. Those cookies look yummy. I tried baking cookies and they never came out as good as I wanted them to be.
    My husband doesn’t have the nerve to complain about my cooking (anymore) probably because at some point I snapped at him and told him if he doesn’t like what I cook then he’s free to cook it himself. Case closed. I win 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

    • August 12, 2011 11:09 am

      I snapped at Ali but he didn’t get it. He misses social cues… But congratulations on getting your husband on board with your cooking! I have hope that one day it’ll happen for me too.

  13. August 12, 2011 6:15 am

    Yuuuuum i want to make oatmeal cookies now!

  14. August 12, 2011 6:19 am

    The cookies look Great, Ameena!! And they look so easy. I need to give them a try. I don’t know how you survive all day…I admire you for following tradition.

    • August 12, 2011 11:10 am

      Thanks for the admiration. I’m getting through it with a wing and a prayer. Literally…

  15. August 12, 2011 6:22 am

    yaaay you’re baking! i knew you were capable of more than you say you do! those look delicious! I could not imagine not being able to eat until the sun sets, how do people stay sane or awake at work when partaking in Ramadan? Does your daughter do it too? I’d love to learn more about this holiday.

    • August 12, 2011 11:11 am

      Every day is different…some days are harder than others. Like right now? I just want to go take a nap. And eat some fries. Whereas yesterday I wasn’t tired at all and had no desire for greasy food. And no, kids don’t partake until they are much older. I was maybe 14 when I started fasting!

  16. August 12, 2011 6:56 am

    Ha! I think your posts about your husband and his addiction to electronics are hilarious. And, these sound like great cookies.

  17. August 12, 2011 7:14 am

    Ali’s comments simultaneously make me raise my eyebrows and snort with laughter at the same time. Every time you share another one of those gems with us, I’m POSITIVE that we’ve reached the peak of his sass. And then he outdoes himself.

    p.s. Oatmeal-based cookies are my favorite!

    p.s.s. I completely ignored any and all talk about the debt ceiling. Since there’s nothing I can physically do about it, it gets relegated to the “Really Important Stuff That’s Happening In The World That I Should Care About But Willfully Ignore”-column.

    • August 12, 2011 11:12 am

      Seeing as I was a finance major I should have more interest in the debt crisis but seeing as I cannot do one single thing about it I am totally on board with relegating the matter to the “Really Important Stuff That’s Happening In The World That I Should Care About But Willfully Ignore”-column.

  18. August 12, 2011 7:17 am

    wow… I could take one of those cookies now please… I can’t believe you are cookie. Hey if you want to venture out you can use flavored craisins (they make cherry or blueberry) instead of raisins.

    • August 12, 2011 11:13 am

      Craisins are a great idea! I will add them next time for sure.

  19. August 12, 2011 7:19 am

    Yum! Ignore Ali — these look like normal and delicious oatmeal cookies to me!

  20. August 12, 2011 7:21 am

    Delicious cookies…someday I will try it 🙂

  21. August 12, 2011 7:25 am

    Oh wow, you baked!!! Fantastic job daaaaahling. They look totally edible LOL. Oatmeal raisin is Mr P’s favorite flavour. Perhaps I could use this recipe to my advantage :).
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. Housewife is ready for her Louboutins! I made my goal this week with a couple pounds to spare 😀 😀 😀 (not exactly sure how it happened, its like a miracle!).

    • August 12, 2011 10:59 am

      Congratulations HH! I can’t wait to see your beautiful new shoes – and kudos to you for sticking to your plan. Who knew that Ramadan could be instrumental in producing a pair of Louboutins?

  22. August 12, 2011 8:36 am

    I’m not much of a cook either….I really wish I was but I’m just not. I too have a fear of wasting food!!

  23. August 12, 2011 8:37 am

    Well I think it’s perfectly obvious that your unparallelled culinary talent means you are destined to be the next star on the Food Network or Cooking Channel. Way to rock it!

    • August 12, 2011 11:14 am

      I would last exactly one second on the Food Network! But I appreciate your faith in my culinary abilities. 🙂

  24. August 12, 2011 8:57 am

    these look DELISH…& you say you don’t cook!!!!
    Will you send some over to Duluth,Pleeeeeeeease?

    • August 12, 2011 11:14 am

      If only you were a bit closer…I’d send some of these for sure. 🙂

  25. WellYaKnow permalink
    August 12, 2011 9:05 am

    I don’t bother cooking for the same reason. I always like to try different cookie recipes, but then I always get, “You know, those break and bake ones are easier, if you want to make those instead.” At least he is subtle about it.

    • August 12, 2011 11:14 am

      I do believe those words have come out of Maya’s mouth…I feel your pain.

  26. August 12, 2011 9:05 am

    Haha that’s like when my mum tries to make my boxed/frozen-food loving sister Mac n cheese…when she just loves her blue boxes (or the Trader Joe’s frozen one), I have to tell my mom it’s not worth the effort and she should spend the time making baklava or something.

    • August 12, 2011 11:15 am

      Maya loves the TJ’s frozen mac n cheese…another reason I gave up making the real thing.

  27. August 12, 2011 9:13 am

    Those look delicious and I can’t believe anyone would prefer the blue box over homemade mac and cheese. I have kind of the opposite problem, I love to cook (mostly because I love to eat) and my kids are so used to me making everything that if I dare to say serve tacos with store bought tortillas instead of making my own like usual, everyone acts like I have just served them Spamloaf or something. I think I am creating a bunch of food divas and some woman they marry is going to hate me one day.

    • August 12, 2011 11:16 am

      Spamloaf! I love it. Is there really such a thing? And I wish I loved to cook. It would make life so much easier.

  28. August 12, 2011 9:25 am

    They look great!!

  29. August 12, 2011 9:41 am

    I love oatmeal cookies, and I love that you thought to use instant oatmeal to make them. That is such a good idea.

  30. August 12, 2011 10:11 am

    omg omg Ameena is here to kick all we food blogger’s a$$ 🙂 ha ha Guess what?! I have a jar of instant oat – how much is 3 packets??

    • August 12, 2011 11:17 am

      Each packet is 50 g and I used 3 so 150 g total. I hope that helps!

  31. August 12, 2011 10:15 am

    I will eat any kind of mac n’ cheese. The same for cookies. And even though I’m not fasting, I’m eating way more than normal. It’s a good thing we don’t live closer- I could burn through your delicious looking plate of cookies in seconds 🙂

  32. August 12, 2011 10:18 am

    o0o those look very good and yummy!

  33. August 12, 2011 10:48 am

    I admire your patience Ameena. You should see the tantrum I throw, when my husband criticizes my food.

    These cookies look so yummy. This reminds me, I haven’t had a cookie for quite sometime now.

    • August 12, 2011 11:18 am

      I’ve thrown tantrums. And other stuff. So don’t feel bad. 🙂

  34. actorsdiet permalink
    August 12, 2011 11:20 am

    i like seeing cooking recipes on your blog again, ameena!

  35. August 12, 2011 11:24 am

    These look really delish – I think I’ll try them out on my kiddos – they LOVE oatmeal!

  36. Cindy permalink
    August 12, 2011 11:37 am

    Nice job Ameena!

    I used up some plain instant oatmeal (because the kids don’t want the plain ones right??) but I used a few packets to make a crumb topping for some peaches I was baking.

    I’ve been doing a lot of reading about different flours and the gluten issue and I really still don’t grasp what makes oats glueten free (or not)

    OH, and I HAVE taken a week off from cooking because of off handed remarks from the peanut gallery!

    They think twice now.

    • August 12, 2011 7:24 pm

      I think that gluten-free oats are simply oats grown away from wheat fields so the gluten can’t blow on to the crop…or that’s what I’ve been told.

  37. August 12, 2011 12:12 pm

    Those look great! I should try looking for gluten-free instant oats. I have a ton of regular instant oats sitting around the house already!

  38. August 12, 2011 12:37 pm

    And I thought you were a good cook. I have to admit I’m relieved to hear that you’re not. It’s one less thing I have to envy. I’m terrible in the kitchen. I get paralyzed in there, and usually just opt for heating up something. Thank goodness Shaune likes to cook, or I’d be a lot thinner:(

    • August 12, 2011 7:24 pm

      Why would you think I’m a good cook? I actually have few talents other than making fun of Ali and Maya and complaining. Nothing to envy here!

  39. August 12, 2011 1:31 pm

    When your stomach is growling all day nothing is more important. I love that we are both fearful of wasting food. I am sure we aren’t alone.

    And thank you from the bottom of my heart for your words on my blog. Glenn is keeping busy but you never know. You are a true blue friend.

    • August 12, 2011 7:26 pm

      I’m glad others fear wasting food because it makes me feel a little less like a Type-A freak. Which I know I am anyway. And you are very welcome. 🙂

  40. August 12, 2011 4:13 pm

    Ameena, this made me smile. 🙂 The cookies look great and I take your word that they taste great!

  41. August 12, 2011 4:13 pm

    Roux? I don’t think that’s where I’d have started when I wanted to learn to cook. But good homemade mac & cheese? That’s gold.

    • August 12, 2011 7:27 pm

      Well the roux is a required step for homemade mac and cheese, hence why I learned how to make it. Yes, I waste time learning useless things…

  42. August 12, 2011 6:55 pm

    I imagine you have good comebacks for all these comments from Ali cause like someone said up there, I’d have punched him long ago 😉

    • August 12, 2011 7:28 pm

      I’ve actually learned that silence is sometimes the best comeback because he’s used to my sarcasm. Silence? That’s a whole other ballgame.

  43. August 12, 2011 7:28 pm

    thanks for the recipe…i have some instant oatmeal (uber-sweetened quaker kind) i had no idea what to do with. except it’s strawberries & cream?! oh well … i’m going to try it out.

    • August 12, 2011 8:33 pm

      Strawberries & Cream? Those would probably make really tasty cookies…especially with the raisins. Good luck my friend!

  44. August 12, 2011 8:09 pm

    Never, ever enough salt. Ever. Well, almost.

  45. August 12, 2011 11:33 pm

    I love oatmeal with cranberries, almonds, almond milk, maple syrup (oh, Trader Joes! Miss you!) and chunky of pumpkin. I think I am feeling fall-ish…as it is rainy here at around 50 each day. I am thinking fasting would be easier here…it is very dark all the time!

  46. August 13, 2011 4:56 am

    oh those cookies look perfect!

  47. August 13, 2011 6:30 am

    Eek! These look so good! I love Gluten Freda’s Maple Raisin with Flax.

    But there’s no oil or anything? Oh wait – butter, gotcha. I’m going to try it with a nut butter and maybe quinoa or almond flour. Thanks Ameena 🙂

    I feel like I suck for not being able to get through the day without eating when your on this – obviously I could then…bleck.

    • August 14, 2011 7:53 pm

      Let me know how it goes with the quinoa…that sounds tasty and totally gluten-free.

  48. August 13, 2011 9:13 am

    Ohhhh my…..hello gluten free oatmeal cookies!!! I love you! These look crispy and delicious!! I must try them asap! I have oats just waiting for me 🙂

    Thanks girl!


  49. August 13, 2011 5:28 pm

    Loved the crunchy look of the cookie. Its perfect, thanks for the recipe

  50. August 13, 2011 7:57 pm

    i LOVE that oatmeal- just never would have thought ” hmm i should bake with this! ” totally going to do that though, oh how i would love to use it for muffins. i must say however that these cookies are dynamite. the oatmeal adds such a wonderful texture to it!

    xoxo ❤

    • August 14, 2011 7:54 pm

      I didn’t care for this oatmeal as oatmeal because it was too sweet! But in cookie form it is quite delicious.

  51. August 14, 2011 3:12 am

    Yum. These look great and seem so easy to make. I love oatmeal cookies also-so chewy! Glad they were to Ali’s liking!

  52. August 14, 2011 6:10 am

    I’d say those cookies look pretty good. Definitely have lots of oats in them, which is, in my opinion, a good thing.

    Glad you got yourself a shift key again 🙂 What’s the Ramadan countdown at?

    • August 14, 2011 7:54 pm

      We are nearly halfway through! Just 14 or so more days to go.

  53. August 14, 2011 2:42 pm

    Yup, your cookies are fantastic looking. And, they don’t contain sugar, so much the better. Regarding this; “The one out of the blue box is so much better,” that’s a universal statement. I’ve given up on trying to make mac and cheese. And it has to be THE blue box; not a knock-off.

  54. August 14, 2011 2:42 pm

    Not sugar….they don’t contain chocolate. Ignore me. I was just at a party for a 5 year-old and my brain’s fried.

    • August 14, 2011 7:55 pm

      I still can’t believe you don’t like chocolate. I wish I had that problem!

  55. August 14, 2011 4:32 pm

    oatmeal cookies are my fav. I f’ed up frozen pizza tonight, just, so you know.

  56. August 14, 2011 6:16 pm

    Incredible quick fix recipe. Totally trying this!

  57. August 15, 2011 7:11 am

    Great minds think alike, I just made oatmeal cookies this weekend! I love adding raisins but this time I made them with butterscotch chips and walnuts…and then I promptly took them to my mom’s so I wouldn’t eat the whole batch, lol!

  58. Janelle permalink
    August 15, 2011 1:17 pm

    I don’t think we’ve seen a recipe on your blog since Ramadan last year – chocolate cake? Cracks me up that your blog becomes about food when you aren’t able to eat it…
    I’m impressed at your dedication – almost 1/2 way there!

  59. August 16, 2011 5:05 am

    I ma sure they tasted as lovely as they look in the picture 🙂

  60. August 18, 2011 8:27 am

    I love the smell of fresh baked cookies. What a fun way to use up the rest of your oatmeal. I know K will definitely enjoy making these. Love that they’re healthy too. Thanks fir sharing your recipe, Ameena. My hubby knows that if he complains about my food, he better have the number to his favorite delivery place memorized.


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