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Birthday Dinner, Part VI and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites

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Once upon a time–eating cookie dough before it was baked seemed the most wicked of culinary sins, and the most delicious! You’d keep looking over your shoulder to see if your mother was there, waiting to paddle you with a wooden spoon or at least give you a sharp scolding, even as you relished every delectable bite. Part of the pleasure was indulging in something before it was ready.

Well, look over your shoulder for chastising mom no more (at least not over eating cookie dough)! Cookie dough has gone mainstream, as the following recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites will prove. You can eat it to your heart’s content, indulge your taste buds and your slightly wicked (or at least unconventional) side, and not worry about the ramifications. Better yet, there’s no waiting for baking or cooling with this recipe–just mix and eat, and maybe share, if you’re really nice!

And listen to Birthday Dinner, Part VI while you’re at it. Becca’s challenges hardly qualify as indulgent and decadent, but they are like cookie dough as her life is a work in progress, and her struggles full of rewards that’s she’s only vaguely aware of. OK–the comparison is a stretch. Maybe I should say–listen to the story and enjoy it as a work in progress, with plenty more to come. Now that’s like eating cookie dough bites!

oatmeal raisin bites

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites

3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1 Tablespoon milk

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

1/4 cup raisins

In a small mixing bowl, add the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Mix ingredients together until sugars are blended into the butter. To this mixture, add the milk, vanilla extract, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour. Mix all of these ingredients into the butter mixture, making sure everything is well incorporated. Lastly, fold in the quick cooking oats and raisins.

oatmeal raisin cookie dough

Roll the cookie dough into eight balls and place in muffin liners, or just eat the cookie dough straight from the mixing bowl.

Cookie dough will keep in refrigerator for up to four days.

oatmeal raisin cookie dough and bites

{Adapted from Dessert for Two}

Birthday Dinner cover

Birthday Dinner, Part VI, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Birthday Dinner, Part VI, text © Jeffrey Anderson

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