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Rum Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

If you haven’t noticed by now, I reallly, really like oatmeal cookies. Past favorites include Banana Oatmeal Cookies, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Maple Pecan Oatmeal Cookies, Coconut Oatmeal Cookies, Heart Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and Oatmeal Cookie Biscotti – and even with a list of recipes that long, I don’t feel the need to stop yet.

This recipe was a spur of the moment idea and is a variation on one of my favorite lowfat oatmeal cookie recipes. I decided to jazz up the regular cookies with a splash of rum to give them some holiday spirit and it worked beautifully. The rum flavor was present, but subtle. You could tell that there was something different about the cookies, but until you knew that there was rum, it was hard to pinpoint the source of that flavor. The result was delicious and slightly adult.

The cookies, although they are low fat, still have a nice chew to them and stay moist when you store them in an airtight container, although they don’t have the same light texture that a really buttery cookie will have. Frankly, I don’t mind in the least. These still taste great and I’m not going to complain when I can eat an extra cookie or two without feeling guilty.
If you don’t want to go with the low-fat cookies, just make the run raisins and use them in this recipe instead!

Rum Raisin Oatmeal Cookies
3/4 cup raisins
2-3 tbsp dark rum
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tbsp butter, room temperature
1/4 cup plain apple sauce
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups quick cooking oats

Combine rum and raisins in a small, microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave for a few seconds, until just warm. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at least 30 minutes.Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add cinnamon if using raisins, instead of chocolate chips.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars. Beat in the egg, followed by the applesauce and the vanilla extract. Working by hand, stir in the flour mixture and the oats until just combined and no streaks of flour remain. Stir in the rum-raisin mixture.
Drop tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet, flattening each cookie slightly. Bake for about 9-12 min at 375F. Cookies will be light brown at the edges when done.
Let cool on sheet for 3 or 4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container.
Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

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  • Claire
    December 22, 2006

    Nic, I love oatmeal cookies, too! I will be putting this post in my favorites so that I have access to all these wonderful looking recipes. I’m going to be going through them, as many look great! Thanks!

  • talkoftomatoes
    December 22, 2006

    Cookies with rum? YUM!

    What a grand, very festive idea!

  • Chubbypanda
    December 23, 2006

    Mmmm… Rum makes everything more festive.

    – Chubbypanda

  • Abby
    December 23, 2006

    Hello, Rum. It always makes the holiday go down easier. HA.

    Thanks, Nic, for a fabulous blog. It’s given me a lot of great reading and recipes this year!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

  • golliwog
    December 23, 2006

    Hi Nic,
    I’ve been visiting you blog regularly, though I abondoned mine quite a whilte back.
    I tried your banana oatmeal cookies, but not having choc chips or vanilla, I ended up adding ginger, cinnamon and cloves instead. And it worked! My Belgian flatmate had the entire first batch, and said they reminded him of Dutch speculaas…
    Hope you have a merry christmas and a grand new year!

  • Garrett
    December 26, 2006

    Those cookies sounds so absolutely fabulous! I definetly need to give those a try when I get the chance.

  • Julie
    December 29, 2006

    I love oatmeal cookies too. I didn’t realize there were so many variations on your site. I’ll take a look at them. I can’t believe I never thought of doing rum raisins. It’s really nice that you throw in some healthier baked goods.

  • beartoes
    December 31, 2006

    Thank you. I tried making them on my new silicone bakeware baking sheet. Man was that nice. No burning, no sticking, just a perfect cookie every time. If you would like to find out more info on the baking sheet, go to
    They have the best prices and best service on the net. Thanks for the recipe and keep on cooking.

  • Fiber
    January 1, 2007

    Wow – oatmeal cookies are my absolute favorite! And anything with rum can’t be bad either!

    Happy New Year!!

  • Jane
    December 26, 2008

    I made these yesterday and they were amazing! I try out a lot of your recipies and love the low-fat ones. Thanks!

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