Rum-Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

17 Jun

Spicing up a grade-school favorite.

There’s a hobby going around.  It’s called taking-something-we-grew-up-with-and-adding-booze-to-it. Okay, so the name is a little long-winded, and we may have never heard anyone use that exact term, but we’re sure all the cool kids say it.

Then again, on any given Friday night, you can usually find us in a kitchen…not out at a bar. So, maybe the cool kids aren’t saying it.

Whatever, we think we’re pretty cool. Maybe if bars offered spoonfuls of cookie dough we’d be more likely to go.

But, when C was thinking of making Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, she thought back to this trend, which has led to vodka whipped cream and My Little Pony drinking games, and decided to add a certain “mature” aspect to her cookies. (hint, it rhymes with party)


(Also, we wish we had been first to come up with that rhyme. Sadly, we’re not. We borrowed this list from to further illustrate the point.)


  1. “It’s My Life” – Mariah Carey
  2. “The Jump Off” – Lil’ Kim feat. Mr. Cheeks
  3. “You Be Illin'” – Run D.M.C.
  4. “Where The Party At” – Jagged Edge feat. Nelly
  5. “In Da Club” – 50 Cent
  6. “Get Ur Freak On (Remix)” – Missy Elliott feat. Twista
  7. “Thug Lovin'” – Ja Rule feat. Bobby Brown
  8. “Triple Trouble” – Beastie Boys
  9. “Jack The Ripper” – LL Cool J
  10. “Don’t U Know” – ODB feat. Killah Priest

So, now that you have a playlist to listen to while bakin, we suggest you pour yourself a drink (it’s okay if it doesn’t rhyme with party. We Chaos Kitchen girls suggest things that rhyme with bilk, (real word, by the way. It’s on the SAT) and Floffy (not a real word)), and make these cookies. They are only a bit more work than a standard oatmeal raisin cookie and well worth the effort.

Rum Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Preheat oven to 350°F

2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 large egg
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup raisins
About half a shot of rum (We used Bacardi Gold)

To prepare the rum raisins: Mircowave the rum for about a minute, or until hot. Dump the raisins into the hot rum, and stir to coat all raisins with the rum. It’s important to only use a small amount of rum, or else you’ll end up with really soggy raisins. Set raisins aside to soak.

Combine butter and brown sugar in a large bowl. Cream until smooth, at least two minutes.

Then, add in the egg. Mix well. After adding the egg, pour in the vanilla and mix until just incorporated.

In a smaller bowl sift together  flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until well blended.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in two additions, stirring with a spoon after each addition.

Then, after mix is well incorporated, pour in the oats and stir until just blended.

Finally, dump in the raisins, including any rum at the bottom of the bowl.

Now, firmly seal the dough, and chill it for at least two hours. The longer you chill your dough, the thicker and chewier they’ll be.

Then, drop cookies by rounded teaspoon on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Bake between 7-10 minutes at 350°F, or until edges are golden brown but top of cookies are still a bit soft looking.

Let set on pan for a couple minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.

Makes about 3-4 dozen small sized cookies.

These cookies are the best Oatmeal Raisin C’s ever had. The rum  adds sweetness and flavor, without making the cookies taste like a big pile of alcohol. The cookies are also really chewy and thick, just like any oatmeal cookie should be. But unlike some cookies, they aren’t too chewy, so they still taste sweet, and not like a granola bar.

C’s rating 5/5 stars


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