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Oatmeal Cookies Packed full with goodness
Sunday, 31 July 2011 | posted by Simply bakes




Dear readers,

So the bake of the week today is Oatmeal Rasin Cookies! I was baking these at about 3am in the morning when my mum is asleep so i wont have to listen to her constant nagging about clearing after i bake and have the whole kitchen to myself in a quite and peaceful environment. haha. :) I got this recipe as usual from the all beloved Joyofbaking.com! You gotta love that site:) SO here's the link if you want to go see it: http://www.joyofbaking.com/OatmealCookies.html The Ingredients to these cookies are something i call the 'healthier choice'. The ratio of oatmeal to flour is about 3:1 and thus, the end result of the cookies is that it is packed truckload full of wholemeal goodness. :) Whenever i eat these crisp and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies, i get this warm homey bubbly feeling in the pit of my stomach. I guess these cookies are truly what we call home-bake cookies fresh from the oven.

I prefer eating them for breakfast to kick-start my day with a boost of energy from these wonderfully organic and wholesome cookies which really fills me up! I guess about 2 of these can last you for 2 hours maybe? Anyways, the raisins are nuts are a great addition to the batter and even though they are optional ingredients, i strongly recommend you include them in! The nuts are so crunchy, its goes very well with the oatmeal to give of a small amount of heatiness. The dried fruits just totally compliments the cookies with the natural sweetness and a hint of salt to heighten the entire taste! The buttery goodness immediately melts and lingers in your mouth urging you to take another bite!

For these cookies, i baked them longer to produce a crispier taste. Its probably due to my really poor quality oven that i had to bake them for 23 mins till its perfectly golden brown rather that the normal 12-15 mins. the amount of time you bake your cookies for really depends on how soft and chew or crispy you want your cookies to be. The shorter you bake them for, the wetter they will be. Every oven is different of course so i suggest you experiment with the different batch of cookies you make to register the most appropriate timing to the degree of crispiness you want your cookies to be.

I definitely love these cookies to the top but it all boils down you your own personal preferences. Looking forward to hearing your success stories!


Oatmeal Cookies:

-1 cup (110 grams) walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped (optional)
-3/4 cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
-1 cup (210 grams) packed light brown sugar
-1 large egg
-1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
-3/4 cup (105 grams) all purpose flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-3 cups (260 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats (I used Quaker instant oats but it does not matter. The only difference when using rolled oats is that it is thicker in texture)
-1 cup dried cranberries, cherries, or raisins or 1 cup white or dark chocolate chips

Instuctions:

1. Preheat your oven to 180 degree celcius.
2. Cream the butter and the sugar with an electric whisk until light, pale in colour and creamy.
3.add the egg and vanilla extract into the butter and whisk to mix well.
4. Meanwhile, mix the flour, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon in a large bowl and whisk well.
5.Add in the dry ingredients to the batter and stir with a wooden spoon until thoroughly incoporated.
6. Add the oatmeal, nuts and dried fruits into the batter and mix well.
7. scoop rounded tablespoons or (i used an ice cream scoop) onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
8.Wet your fingers with cold water and flatten the cookies to about 1.25cm thick.
9. Bake them for about 12-15 mins until lihtly brown around the edges.
10. Serve warm from the oven or cool completely on a wire rack.

With love,
SimplyBakes




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I am a 16 year old living in Singapore. This blog is to document my entire baking endeavor and to share with you guys out there recipes and my baking experience. Feel free to ask me any questions, just click 'comment' below each post. Looking forward to the holidays!

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