Oatmeal Raisin Cookies {chewy & egg free!}

Do you remember a few weeks ago when I told you about how my hubby had a mild allergy to eggs but was able to eat duck eggs? Well, about a week after I posted that, he had an anaphylactic reaction to a duck egg!  It was crazy because it seemed to come out of nowhere. 

Thankfully he was okay and the reaction, although scary, was different than when he was stung by a bee last summer and didn't progress as far.  We were advised by an allergist that my hubby go completely "egg free" and not even have them in baked things like cookies or bread. So now I'm on a mission to re-create his very favorite recipes without eggs! 

The first "egg free" recipe I made was Oatmeal Raisin Cookies since he LOVES them.  It's the whole reason he married me, you know.  {smile}  When I was sixteen I made him a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies and he proposed right then and there.  For real.  But he didn't have a diamond so I turned him down flat.  JUST KIDDING! I did turn him down, but that's not why, LOL.  He was just joking...but I like to think of it as a practice round since he proposed for real a couple of years later. =D

Anyways, while these aren't the exact ones I made him ooooh...12+ years ago (!), they are super yummy, egg-free and nice and chewy.

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup melted butter
1/2 cup yogurt or sour cream 
1 tsp. vanilla extract

4 cups rolled oats (I've used old fashioned and quick, or a mixture of both)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
2 cups raisins

 1.  Heat oven to 375°. In large mixing bowl combine sugar, butter, yogurt, and vanilla. 
2.  Stir in remaining ingredients. 
3.  With wet hands, shape dough into balls.
4.  Place on an ungreased baking sheet and then flatten each cookie a bit. 
5.  Bake until set and lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes. 
6.  Remove from  cookie sheet and allow to cool.  Enjoy!!

Does anyone in your family have food allergies?  Do you cook separate things or do you just adapt so everyone can eat the same thing?

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  1. Laine, you can substitute 1 tablespoon of soy flour and 2 tablespoons of water for each egg in a baked recipe. Soy flour can be purchased at health food stores or some Wal-marts. Add the flour with the dry ingredients and the water with the wet. I never noticed a difference from the original recipes for baked items. Obviously you can't scramble it! Well, I suppose you could TRY, but yuck.

  2. Welcome to the world of substitution! :) It's a lot of fun once you get the hang of it. After you've been doing it for a while, it will be second nature.

    It would be impossible to fix a single meal that would meet the criteria for all the allergies in our family even with substitution, so it's not uncommon to have at least three on the table at dinnertime. It's a little sad and weird at first, but we got used to it eventually. :)

  3. I will definitely have to try this recipe! Ellie is allergic to eggs (we are hoping she grows out of it) but for right now she cannot even have anything with eggs in it! Sad! I hope you blog more recipes "egg-free"! :)

  4. With our first child (egg n oatmeal allergies) I just adapted and everyone ate the same. Enter child 2 (wheat allergy) plus a freezer full of wheat-containing meals... We now have 2 menus for each meal. I hope to be back to making only one after the freezer empties.
    I don't always use the same substitute for eggs. In cookies, cream cheese or sour cream works well. In pancakes, I add 2 chopped bananas or 1/2c. other mashed fruit per egg. In bars, I often use 2 tablespoons oil plus 2 tablespoons water per egg.
    Good luck!

  5. Praise the Lord, no food allergies here! Wow, crazy that your hubby all of a sudden reacted to the duck eggs! I enjoyed hearing about the marriage proposal at sixteen! ;) I will have to try these cookies for when we are out of eggs and want a treat!

  6. These look wonderful! I will be making them very soon.
    I recently made the burlap wreath that you featured on your blog on 9/5/11. I loved that tutorial… it was so easy and the coat hanger idea was brilliant! I pinned it on one of my pinterest boards a few months ago. Do you mind if I put a link to your original tutorial on my blog post. I just want to post a pic of my wreath and would like to give you credit for the awesome tutorial and send people to your link for the instructions on how to make it. I just wanted to get permission first.
    Nicole Estes

  7. oh food allergies!!! I have 4 kiddos and only 3 right know that we know have food alergies(4th is 18 months). 1st milk,2nd is milk & eggs,3nd child has celiac(wheat/gluten)and eggs. We use ground flax seed as our egg replacer. I try to adapt all recipes. With that being said my 2nd child is 3 and its hard for her to understand, and at that age they want what everyone else is eating. I have found its easier for us to just adapt than to make separate meals,and more cost effetive with our large family.

  8. these look really good! I LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies but hubby loves chocolate chip :) sometimes I use the store bought dough and bake 2 of each so we can each have our favorite :)

    think we need further posts on your marriage proposal at 16 and the "REAL" one later :)

  9. Ok, I think it is high time you write a post about how you and your husband met and fell in love. Because now we know that you have been to the Eiffle Tower together, (but not "together") and that he proposed twice....I'm dying to hear the whole story!! :)

  10. I've enjoyed reading your blog. The crazy thing about allergies is that sometimes our bodies will not react to a certain allergen until after it has been exposed to it the second time. Good luck re-creating recipes!

  11. I LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies!! Thanks for the recipe!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!!

  12. Oh, my goodness--food allergies must be really frightening! I'm so sorry you have to deal with this--but it sounds as if you have a great attitude about it. Those cookies look scrumptious!

    Now I'm wondering how old you are--28? You're a beautiful and blessed young woman!

  13. I substituted the cup of melted butter for olive olive (only because I didn't have any butter available at the time) and the all purpose flour for 2 parts whole wheat 2 part oats that had been blitz in the blender. The cookies turned out just as chewy and delicious as I hoped they would and it's nice to know that they are just a little less of a guilty pleasure. Thanks for the recipe :)

  14. This recipe turned out fabulous! Thanks so much! I didn't have any eggs on hand and owed a co-worker cookies for helping out. :)

  15. I just made these - I used sour cream, and chocolate chips/cranberries instead of raisins. Very nice! They turned out soft with a mild sweetness - perfect for a snack!


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