With the holidays over and the cold weather really setting in, the months ahead look decidedly grim. The novelty of Christmas presents have worn off, the tacky holiday sales set teeth on edge and any mention of holiday music or more visiting relatives makes life that much more miserable. Forget the endless piles of leftover turkey, the Christmas lights that still have to be taken down and most of all the growing piles of left over ‘holiday cheer’! Still mourning the end of the holidays myself, I decided to cheer myself with some classic chewy oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies. With each bite the general morale of my family and friends was raised, grins lit up every face and I felt at peace. It’s time to be joyful!  Christmas may be gone but all hope is not lost, where there are cookies there will be love, and lots of grabbing hands :).  The recipe is adapted from The Great Christmas Cookie Swap by Good Housekeeping. IMPORTANT: This makes a whole lot of cookies so you probably want to make a half batch.

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

4 tsp baking soda

a pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

3 sticks butter

4 eggs

4 tsp vanilla extract

4 1/2 cup oats (uncooked)

2 cups raisins

2 1/2 milk chocolate chips

Method:

1.Preheat the oven to 350 °C. Cover 2 baking trays with baking parchment or grease with butter. In a medium bowl  use a whisk to mix the flour, baking soda and salt.

2. In a large bowl  with the electric mixer, beat the brown and regular sugar together with the butter. Beat in the eggs one at a time and then the vanilla extract. Then in small additions, beat in the flour. Add the oats, raisins and chocolate chips and mix in gently with a wooden spoon.

3. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Serve slightly warm and keep lots of milk on hand. Silly straws are optional!

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