Crew Cookies

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My youngest son rows on his High School crew team.  The team participates in about 5 regattas a season.  They usually have to arrive on race day around 6 a.m. and don’t leave the race site until 6 p.m..  Feeding all those kids all day long is a serious production.  If you have ever been to a rowing regatta you know what I mean.  If not the only thing I can compare it to would be Woodstock.  There are tents set up all along the race course and each tent is crammed with more teenagers than you can count, most are in sleeping bags and asleep, that is unless they are in lawn chairs eating.  I know what you are thinking….. what about when they are racing.  An average rowing race lasts 7 minutes.  That’s right 12 hours at a regatta to watch your kid race for 7 minutes and really you can’t watch the whole race because its 2000 meters so it’s just the end which is more like 2 minutes.
So that being said getting food to a race and prepared takes up a lot of empty time.  There is usually two grills going throughout the day, scrambled eggs and pancakes in the morning and chicken fajita’s and grilled cheese for lunch.  I usually sign up for the baked goods – imagine that.  I love to make them muffins and cookies.
This cookie recipe is a crowd pleaser, you like oatmeal – raisin, check.  You like chocolate chip, check.  You like coconut, check.  You get the idea.

Crew Cookies
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  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1½ teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup hazelnuts, chopped (you could substitute walnuts or pecans)
  • ¼ cup sweetened, shredded coconut
  • ⅔ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅔ cup raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment or Silpat's.
  3. In a bowl add flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. Put butter and sugars in mixer and beat until creamy. While mixer is running add eggs one at a time and then vanilla.
  5. Add flour mixture to mixer and blend.
  6. In a bowl add oats, nuts, coconut, chocolate and raisins.
  7. While mixer is running on low add oat mixture just until blended.
  8. Using a large ice cream scooper if you have, if not a ¼ cup measure will work fine, scoop dough onto baking sheets. Only put 6 scoops per sheet. These are big cookies.
  9. Bake one sheet on top ⅓ and other on bottom ⅓ of oven for 7 minutes and then flip.
  10. Cool on sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack. Cookies will be soft in middle.
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  1. Pernille says

    Thanks for the great recipe! Found it by accident googling baked oatmeal recipe for the regattas. I will make these cookies for our son, Jesse’s, next regatta! It’s great to find someone else who understands the all food involved, not to mention the nutrition facto,r for these all-day events. The kids are ravenous constantly, especially if racing multiple times during the day. I’m usually in charge of the food list and my husband and some of the other dads do the bbq.
    I just subscribed to your site! Looks great!

    • Amy Stafford says

      Hi Pernille,
      Oh yes the life of a regatta mama, early mornings and endless days. My oldest son rows for George Washington in DC, so it continues…. Another easy and great regatta recipe is the Quick Quiche in a Muffin Tin. Always a fan favorite and easy on Mom cause we can make them day ahead.
      Thanks for subscribing. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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