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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Crispy Outside with Soft Center

Ingredients

2 cups AP flour [240 g]
1/2 cup cake flour [60 g]
1 tsp cornstarch [2.5 g]
3/4 tsp baking soda [3.8 g]
3/4 tsp salt [4.3 g]
1/2 tsp cinnamon [1.4 g]
1 1/2 cups rolled oats [120 g]
1 cup (2 sticks) butter [227 g]
1 1/8 (packed) cups light brown sugar [247.5 g]
1/2 cup granulated sugar [100 g]
2 large eggs [100 g]
2 tsp vanilla extract [10 mL]
2 1/2 cups raisins [400 g]

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In a large mixing bowl, sift together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of cake flour, 1 tsp of cornstarch, 3/4 tsp of baking soda, and 3/4 tsp of salt, and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Sift these together, then whisk to combine. Then add in 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats. Whisk together to combine.

Take 2 sticks (1 cup) of cold unsalted butter, and cut them into cubes. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add in the cold cubed butter, 1 1/8 packed cups of light brown sugar, and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. With the paddle attachment, mix them together on low-medium speed (level 3) until the mixture looks fluffy, about 2 minutes. Because of the cold butter, mixing it at a higher speed than level 3 may cause sugar and butter to fly out of the bowl.

When the sugars and butter are creamed together, stop the mixer and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Turn the speed up to medium (level 4), and add in 2 large eggs, one at a time, making sure the first egg is mixed in before adding the second one. Add in 2 tsp of vanilla extract. Continue to mix until the wet ingredients are well combined.

Turn the mixer down to low speed (level 1), and slowly add in the dry ingredients. Continue mixing until just combined. Try not to overmix the dough.

Detach the bowl from the stand mixer, scrape down the bowl as needed, and fold in any unmixed dry ingredients from the sides until the mixture is uniform. And in 2 1/2 cups of raisins. Stir them in by hand until the mixture is uniform and the raisins look evenly distributed. Chill this dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Note: if you don't like raisins, you can substitute the 2 1/2 cups of raisins with 2 1/2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips, resulting in oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! Do not omit the raisins without adding a substitute like chocolate chips. Otherwise the ratio of solids to fat in the dough will be imbalanced, which will affect the resulting cookies.

Place an oven rack in the middle positions, and preheat your oven to 410 F (210 C). It should be preheated to 410 F (210 C) for at least 15 to 20 minutes before the dough is placed inside the oven.

Line 2 jelly roll pans (10.5" x 15.5") with parchment paper. Divide the dough into 10 pieces onto the parchment paper (5 balls of dough on each sheet pan) and shape them into roughly shaped balls with your hands. Take dough from the larger pieces and transfer them to the smaller pieces, till all 10 balls are around the same size. Try not to compress the dough while shaping. The surfaces of the balls should *not* be smooth, but a little rough and uneven for a more interesting texture in the final cookies.

Place both jelly roll pans on the middle rack side by side, and bake in the preheated oven at 410 F (210 C) for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the tops look dull and pale brown in color. The cookies will continue to cook and turn a nice golden brown as they set and cool.

Let them rest on the sheet pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to a metal rack to cool and set further. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

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