Cracklin’ Oat Bran Oatmeal Raisin Skillet Cookie

For many, Cracklin’ Oat Bran is a nostalgic childhood favorite. As a matter of fact, it's such a tasty treat, it deserves to be used for far more than just breakfast. For instance, we found that thanks to underlying notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg, the square cereal pairs perfectly with the flavors found in an oatmeal raisin cookie. But instead of tossing pieces into a traditional cookie dough, we came up with a family-sized skillet cookie (topped with vanilla ice cream!), that yields a cookie with a crispy crust and a soft, chewy center, and makes for easy preparation and a fun presentation. The dough is mixed entirely in the skillet, so no dirty dishes, either!

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For many, Cracklin’ Oat Bran is a nostalgic childhood favorite. As a matter of fact, it's such a tasty treat, it deserves to be used for far more than just breakfast. For instance, we found that thanks to underlying notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg, the square cereal pairs perfectly with the flavors found in an oatmeal raisin cookie. But instead of tossing pieces into a traditional cookie dough, we came up with a family-sized skillet cookie (topped with vanilla ice cream!), that yields a cookie with a crispy crust and a soft, chewy center, and makes for easy preparation and a fun presentation. The dough is mixed entirely in the skillet, so no dirty dishes, either!

Ingredients

  1. Check 4 ounces (½ cup) unsalted butter
  2. Check cup packed light brown sugar
  3. Check 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. Check 1 large egg
  5. Check ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  6. Check ½ teaspoon baking soda
  7. Check ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  8. Check ½ teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)
  9. Check ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  10. Check 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  11. Check 1 cup Cracklin Oat Bran, divided
  12. Check cup raisins
  13. Check Vanilla ice cream, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In an 8-inch cast iron skillet (a 10-inch skillet will work as well, though it will result in a slightly thinner cookie), melt butter over medium-low heat. Add sugar and vanilla, stirring with a rubber spatula. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Whisk in the egg.
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, espresso powder (if using), salt, and oats to the skillet and stir to combine. Measure out ⅔ cup Cracklin’ Oat Bran and crush it into small pieces using your hands. Stir into the pan. Fold in the raisins. Use a rubber spatula to smooth out batter so it is evenly spread across the pan. Sprinkle the remaining ⅓ cup whole Cracklin’ Oat Bran pieces over the top of the dough.
  4. Bake for 17 minutes, until edges are golden brown but the middle is still soft. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.