Egg-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Making cookies with your children is a wonderful way to introduce them to the kitchen. I prefer not to use any raw eggs or potentially dangerous kitchen equipment when cooking with a child as young as my son (22 months old), which many cookie recipes require. That’s why I love this recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies as a “first” recipe for kids. It’s easy to assemble and requires neither raw eggs nor a mixer. Young children, even toddlers, can easily help make the cookies, too. You can involve them in mixing the cream cheese and butter, pouring out the sugar and oatmeal and—the best part—forming the balls of dough to place on the cookie sheet! You may find it easier (and safer) to bring all of your ingredients to the kitchen table when involving a toddler. It will keep them away from the oven and also will make it easier for them to reach the ingredients.
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup flour
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- To soften cream cheese, microwave in a small bowl for about 15 seconds. In another bowl, microwave butter for about 12 seconds. In a large bowl, using a fork, mix cream cheese and butter together. Next, add in the sugar, vanilla, baking soda and salt, and mix together. Add in the flour and rolled oats and, lastly, the raisins.
- Place scoops of dough onto cookie sheet, leaving some room around each cookie, as they will expand. Bake for 13 minutes. After removing from the oven, leave cookies on cookie sheet on top of the stove for about 10 minutes to allow them to cool and continue to firm up.