While some kids sulked at the sight of an oatmeal cookie in their lunchbox, I rejoiced. I love the chewiness that oats add to a cookie, and can't get enough of it.
Oatmeal cookies are comforting, sweet and simply a joy to eat. Brown sugar and butter hold together the flour and tender oats to create a texturally complex cookie. Classic recipes stick with raisins, while others think outside of the box and throw in a multitude of ingredients, like nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, coconut and even crushed cereal. Here in Houston we can find cookies just about everywhere we go. So, to help you find the tastiest oatmeal cookies, here are ten you MUST try.
10. Central Market
For those who enjoy a citrus ingredient in their oatmeal cookies, might we suggest the orange-cranberry oatmeal cookies from Central Market? You get six cookies in a container, each bursting at the seams with sweet-tart cranberries. The cookie itself has a slight hint of orange, which balances nicely with the oats, brown sugar and cranberries.
Dessert Gallery offers a wide variety of treats, but the oatmeal raisin cookies are a sweet treat you can't resist. You can taste the brown sugar in each bite from these large oatmeal raisin cookies. Each is loaded with oats, but you might have to search for the raisins. You'll be a happy camper once you find the soft, sugary raisins.
At first glance, you might not want the oatmeal raisin cookie from Three Brothers Bakery; it's a flat cookie that doesn't look like anything special, especially when compared to the beautiful black and white cookies or any of the dipped decorated cookies. But, this Houston staple creates one of the softest oatmeal cookies in Houston. The oats are tinier than most cookies; it's almost as though they are finely ground. Overall, it's a super-soft oatmeal cookie, from the base to the raisins.
Usually when you visit The Chocolate Bar, you're going for something chocolaty. But, we're telling you to get the Cape Cod Oatmeal Cookie, despite its lack of chocolate. This thick, dense oatmeal cookie (available at the Rice Village location only) is studded with fresh cranberries and loaded with oatmeal. However, it's the intense vanilla flavor that makes this cookie a winner. If you like to add extra vanilla extract to your cookie dough when baking, then you're going to go crazy over this oatmeal cookie.
Dylan Carnes knows how to make anyone love vegan baked goods. Her oatmeal raisin cookies are chock-full of oats and are infused with soy-free maple; it's such a joy to eat that you won't even remember that it's a vegan treat. It has the texture of her incredible Everything Bars: soft and crumbly. It's a beautiful cookie to look at with the ever-present oats sticking out of every nook and cranny. You can find Sinfull Bakery oatmeal raisin cookies at various local coffee shops, such as Black Hole, Catalina and Agora, as well as at Urban Harvest Farmers Markets.
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You could just get the regular oatmeal raisin cookie at Ooh La La Bakery, but we think you should set your sights on the Ranger cookies. Ask the cashier what's in these cookies and the description alone will make you salivate. Rice Krispies cereal with oats and coconut make the base of this dense, sweet cookie. The cereal adds a crunchy texture, while the coconut and oats create an overall chewy experience.
Michael Savino is famous for his beautifully decorated buttery shortbread cookies, but you need to try his oatmeal raisin cookie from the Americana Collection. Savino uses real butter in all of his recipes, so each bite is tender and instantly melts in your mouth. These oatmeal raisin cookies are not only loaded with oats, but they are also topped with his house-made oat granola for extra sweetness and crunch. Toss in some sweet raisins and you'll feel like grandma made you that cookie.
Even after you take them home, Tiff's Treats' cookies are still warm and gooey. It's a mystery as to how they do it, but their oatmeal chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies are incredible. It's unfortunate that these tender cookies studded with oats and raisins or chocolate chips are smaller than most cookies, but it's fortunate that there are many locations throughout Houston -- and they deliver!
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How can we have a list of oatmeal cookies without including oatmeal cream cookies? Petite Sweets may make tiny treats, but that doesn't mean they aren't finger-licking good. In fact, you will be licking the sweet, smooth vanilla frosting stuffed between two oatmeal raisin cookies, because with one bite the cream comes spilling out. And since these oatmeal cream cookies are small, it's okay to indulge in more than one.
Chef Anita Jaisinghani is always making inventive sweets sold in the Bake Lab at Pondicheri; there's no question as to why she is building a bakery upstairs. If you visit Pondicheri without getting the chocolate oatmeal chili cookie, you're wrong, just so wrong. It's a spicy, sweet, comforting cookie and a reflection of Jaisinghani's talent. You might need a glass of water with each bite (or a glass of milk). And even though your mouth might be on fire from the intense chili powder, you won't be able to keep your hands off of this thick, moist oatmeal cookie.