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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

So now that we've established that the first day of Ramadan is tomorrow, let's get to the bigger issues.

What on Earth are we going to eat for suhoor?

Deciding what you're going to eat for suhoor is best described as deciding what you're going to major in in college. Except you have less time to decide. And you have to make that decision every night. Okay, so maybe that wasn't the best analogy. But I assure you, it is a big deal. People even go online and ask Yahoo Answers what to eat, true story!

See you can't just wake up, eyes half open, and grab something from the fridge (or a couple of things) and eat it/them and go to sleep. No, it doesn't work like that. Shopping has to be done the day before, preparation, orders...yes, orders. In my household, my mother takes orders so that as soon as we wake up, whatever we asked for is on the table and ready for us. No time wasted...well, not counting the time we waste in bed of course. Heavy lazy sleepers, what can I say?

Anyways, so I guess you can see how oatmeal raisin cookies fit into all this. If not, then that makes me really sad because I like to think that I give away lots of context clues in my writing.

If you must know, I made these sinfully scrumptious cookies for suhoor. But, not for me. I decided to make them for my dad. My mom may or may not have asked me to make them, but the fact that I eagerly agreed shows that I won't say no to baking love my daddy. You see, he loves oatmeal raisin cookies. But he's been on a special healthy diet lately which means that any cookie packed with butter is a no-no. So my mom figured, how about a cookie that uses oil instead of butter? What I didn't know was that she meant olive oil, not canola oil. Of course, I didn't find this out until after I had put the second batch in the oven. Oops?

But in all honesty, what really matters here is that we managed to make a soft, chewy, and delicious cookie for my dad without using any butter. Winnningggg. Hey, maybe I'll get an extra something something for Eid this year for being such a good daddy's girl? Guess I'll have to wait and see.

Ramadan Mubarak everyone!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen cookies
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1 cup canola oil
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
pinch of vanilla powder (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Grease cookie sheets. In a large bowl, mix canola oil, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir into the sugar mixture. Mix in the oats and raisins last.

Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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1 comment:

  1. i did not know you were also muslim and fastedd!!! salamm!! i just posted on one of our iftar dinners:

    and he funny thing is, I have basically nothing for sohoor- i acutally only drank water. usuallly i eat a few peices of watermelon though, but that's it!


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