Every Walk of Life: Oatmeal Raisin

After a long day at the office, there’s no better comfort than the simple sweetness of an Oatmeal Raisin cookie. Kick off your shoes, loosen that tie, and fall into your favorite spot on the couch. Then reach for the perfect after-work pick-me-up: a chewy, fresh-baked cookie. Oatmeal and raisins come together to make the perfect guilt-free cookie that still satisfies your sweet tooth. You know there are sweeter options out there but you’re sensible when it comes to your snack choices. Our Oatmeal Raisin cookie is made with all-natural ingredients unlike all those prepackaged, hard-as-a-rock cookies you see at the grocery store. No, those name brand cookies don’t appeal to you. If you’re going to spring for something sweet, you don’t want any preservatives or processed gunk; you want something that’s hand-made with simple, clean ingredients. That something is the classic Oatmeal Raisin cookie.

Goodbye Emily, Hello Caitlin

Dear Pacific Cookie Fans,

I am sad to announce that today is my last day with Pacific Cookie Company. I will be moving to Arizona where my husband will be pursuing a GeoChemistry PhD at Arizona State University. Although I am excited to begin the next phase of my life in the social media/website design world, I am sad to leave and have truly enjoyed giving you the “inside scoop” of Pacific Cookie Company over the past two years.

Over my time here, I have truly come to see how a small business operates, and am happy to say that the Pearson family is truly dedicated to baking you the best possible cookie…ever! I couldn’t imagine finding a better Oatmeal Raisin cookie anywhere else – so perfectly crispy on the outside yet chewy on the inside, and the deliciously plump raisins that pull the entire cookie together. I’ll be hard pressed to find something as delicious to compliment my morning coffee!

But fear not, your monthly behind-the-scenes look will be taken over by my replacement, Caitlin. She has a great eye for the fun stories you love, and better yet, is a wonderful photographer in her spare time so she will be able to capture some great shots for you.

So thanks again for all of the wonderful comments and posts you have left for us; keep it up! Without further ado, here’s to Caitlin! Welcome to the Pacific Cookie Company family! 🙂

With best cookie wishes,

Emily Ely

 

How Do You Like Your Oatmeal Cookies?

This blog entry was inspired by an article I came across on OneForTheTable.com written by Marilyn Naron.  Naron’s comment and main point was that “there are as many oatmeal secrets in America as there are splattered recipe cards.” And this got me wondering: what sort of  incredibly tasty oatmeal cookie secrets do my family and friends have? I have always enjoyed my oatmeal cookie with raisins and lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, but I have decided to take a personal poll (the results of which are still pending) to see what flavor combinations I might be missing out on!

Pacific Cookie Company’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

In the meantime, here are Naron’s 25 ways to make a better oatmeal cookie.

  1. Add extra cinnamon and chocolate chunks
  2. Add dried cherries, crystallized ginger and a dash of powdered ginger
  3. Add chopped dried pineapple and toasted coconut
  4. Add finely chopped granny smith apple
  5. Add dried currants plumped in orange juice, and the zest of one orange
  6. Add chopped toffee bits and toasted almond slices
  7. Add dried wild blueberries and nutmeg
  8. Add chocolate chips and pecan halves
  9. Add white chocolate chips and toasted walnuts
  10. Add a few handfuls of any Trader Joe’s trail mix
  11. Add a tablespoon of powdered espresso and cocoa nibs
  12. Add chopped dried pears and white chocolate chunks
  13. Add chopped candied orange peel
  14. Add dried cranberries and pumpkin pie spice
  15. Add chocolate chunks and salted peanuts
  16. Add grated raw carrot and toasted walnuts
  17. Add chopped dates and toasted coconut
  18. Add chocolate chips, chopped walnuts & mini-marshmallows
  19. Add about a cup of Rice Krispies cereal
  20. Chocolate-Dipped: Bake jumbo cookies and allow to cool. Cut cookies into quarters and dip each pointed end in melted semi-sweet chocolate. Allow chocolate to set, and serve.
  21. Oatmeal Black and Whites: bake large oatmeal cookies and cool. Make chocolate and white icings (try these icing recipes). Frost one half of each cookie with dark icing, and the other half with white.
  22. Oatmeal Faux Macarons: make small, puffy oatmeal cookies and sandwich two with chocolate ganache. Allow ganache to set, and serve.
  23. Orange-Glazed Oatmeal Cookies: make a light glaze by mixing 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice, and pinch of grated orange zest. Drizzle over cookies and allow to dry.
  24. Oatmeal Cookie Dip: Bake mini oatmeal cookies, and make chocolate yogurt dip: whisk one cup vanilla yogurt with one tablespoon of cocoa powder and one tablespoon brown sugar. Chill for an hour, then serve with cookies and fresh strawberries.
  25. Brandied Cherry Oatmeal Ice Cream Sandwiches: soak dried cherries in brandy and drain. Add to oatmeal dough; bake jumbo cookies and cool. Sandwich with good-quality cherry ice cream and freeze.

Happy Baking!

Pacific Cookie part of Rachael Ray Show 500th Episode

Pacific Cookie Company Oatmeal Raisin cookies were on hand to help Rachael Ray celebrate her 500th episode today!

We were invited to send our delicious cookies to the Rachael Ray Show again to be included in one GIGANTIC giveaway. The lucky recipient, Jamie, received 500 snacks, representing every “Snack of the Day” that had been given out to the audience on every show. That’s a whole lotta snackin’! See the giveaway here.

Check out the whole Rachael Ray Show 500th episode extravaganza here.