I know, I know.  That’s a bold title.  In general, I shy away from dubbing any recipe “the perfect ____!” or “best ever ____!”  But this time, I think it is justified.  Oatmeal raisin is surely one of the most classic flavors of cookie out there.  They can be so, so very good.  However, in my experience, they often don’t live up to their full potential.  Too thin, too crispy, too dry…so many wrongs can plague them.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten one as part of a catered lunch at work only to take a single bite and deem it not worth the calories.

Well, leave it to Thomas Keller to take all the wrongs with this cookie and make them right.  With just a few minor changes from a more typical oatmeal raisin cookie recipe, these cookies reach new heights.  They are a nice, large size, perfectly thick, chewy, and dotted with plump raisins.  In my mind, the most crucial step was soaking the raisins before mixing them into the dough.  It rehydrates them a bit, and helps keep the cookie chewy and moist.  I brought these cookies in to a new work setting and everyone was raving about them.  People were thanking me all day long.  Don’t thank me, thank Thomas Keller!  He’s the bomb.