My oldest son is off at a three-week summer school program on the East Coast. He’s 13 and this is his first time away for three full weeks. I spoke to him yesterday and he said, in a plaintive tone, “Mom, are you EVER going to send me a care package??” I said, “honey, you’ve only been gone five days.” He said, “well, will you send one… EVER?” I said, “yes, my darling, I will” and came straight home to bake. My mother has gotten in on the project and is baking Swedish Limpa, my family’s favorite bread and cornerstone of care packages to me and to my sister when we were off on the East Coast in college. My lucky son is going to receive a very large box of Mountain Sky Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies AND a loaf of Swedish Limpa sent Federal Express so that it arrives the day after it was lovingly baked by his mother AND grannie. I hope he appreciates how much we miss him and that he shares at least one cookie with his quite nice room-mates.
Mountain Sky Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies (makes a heck of a lot of cookies)
- 1 ½ cups unsalted butter at room temperature
- 2 cups brown sugar, lightly packed
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 6 ¼ cups rolled oats
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup raisins (I use yellow raisins)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In the bowl of an electric mixer blend together the butter and sugars until they are light and creamy. Add the eggs and the vanilla. In another large bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, oats, chocolate chips and raisins. Add dry mixture to wet mixture and mix to make a dough. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Bake for ten minutes. Remove from cookie trays and allow to cool completely. Store or ship to my son.