Friday, 13 August 2010

Chunky, chewy oatmeal cookies

I made apple crisps about a week back and it wasn't that much of a hit. Well, for one, I think I bought the wrong oats. And two, both Ro and myself hate oats and making something involving oats wasn't that great an idea. Ro didn't even touch it after I broke off a piece of nicely browned oats and stuffed it into his mouth. I'm now wondering if I should have told him at all it was oats, cos maybe he would have had it if it wasn't for that mental block.
I had loads left over from that episode and just couldn't get myself to throw off the rest. After Shabs posted a status message on FB saying she is going to bake some cookies, there arose an idea to make oatmeal cookies. Checked out loads of recipes, all of which required loads of oats even after halving them and other ingredients which I didn't have at hand. Finally adapted a Martha Stewart recipe which came out beautiful. It had just begun to rain when I put them into the oven and as soon as they were done, I popped quite a few into my mouth while it was still warm. Ro also happily ate a few after he got back home from badminton and he had no clue there were oats in them (evil laugh). 
I halved the recipe and in spite of that I got about 35 medium sized cookies. I am now wondering what to do with so many. I guess I'll just have to get off my anti- social butt and give some to my neighbours...
Plain flour- 1/2 cup
Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
Porridge/ rolled oats- 1 1/2 cups
Wholemeal flour- 1/4 cup
Dark brown sugar- 1/2 cup

Caster sugar- 1/2 cup
Butter- 1/4 pound
Vanilla extract- 1/2 tsp
Egg- 1 large

Preheat oven to 175C and line a cookie tray with baking paper. Keep 2 more baking sheets ready.
Mix together the plain flour, baking powder, baking soda, oats and wholemeal flour together in a bowl and keep aside.
Combine both the sugar and butter, in an electric mixer using the paddle attachment, till light and creamy...probably about 5 to 6 minutes on medium speed.
Add the egg and vanilla extract and continue mixing on medium speed till well combined
Mix the dry ingredients to the butter mix and on low speed, just enough to combine. About 20 seconds or so.
Scoop out a 1/2 tbsp batter into the baking tray and continue till the tray is full. Make sure you place them about 3 inches apart.
Bake for 18 minutes .
Once done, remove from the oven and wait for about 5 minutes before you move it onto a cooling rack.
Place another baking sheet on the tray and continue the process till all the dough has been used up.
Once cool, store them in air tight containers or zip lock bags. It would stay up to weeks.
Notes: The original recipe uses wheat germ instead of wholemeal flour. 
You can add about 3/4 cup of raisins or chocolate or dried apricots to jazz it up a bit. I loved it just plain
 I am sending this to Sharmi's event 'Lets Munch: Light Tea Time Snacks'

34 comments:

Nithu said...

Looks so tempting. I love oatmeal cookies.

Kairali sisters said...

Lovely cookies with great pics and presentation Nisha...Me too not a big fan of oats at all....

Kamalika said...

LOvely cookies dear....one thing to ask you...I am not that much familiar with oats...I have daily edible oats at home....can these cookies be made out that oat???

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Lovely... u have presented it beautifully :) and looks cute..

aipi said...

lovely cookies and great snaps..awesome as always dear :)

Sanjeeta kk said...

Cute and crispy cookies. Love to try these.

PranisKitchen said...

i likes the presentation more than the recipe.. cookies looks good too..

Ria Mathew said...

I love oatmeal cookies, especially with honey in it :)

Your cookies tell me that it will be a hit with me! :)

Trupti said...

those cookies looks very delicious and perfect

Sharmilee! :) said...

So inviting cookies...looks too gud! luved all the clicks

Monet said...

If I was your neighbor...I would totally want a stack of these! The pictures look beautiful!

Shabs.. said...

Love the way u write nish...it always makes me laugh...loved that evil laugh.:D....I too hate oats especilly in porridge.....but i love them in cookies and bars...YuM.....i normally add all possible ingredeints along with it-raisings, nuts chocolate....:)this is a nice one...

Umm Mymoonah said...

Looks very crunchy and yummy.

Susan and Abraham said...

looks brilliant.. bookmarked..

Sonal said...

nice recipe... love it..
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Satya said...

lovely cookies dear ...looks so tempting ...love ur presentation

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Torviewtoronto said...

lovely cookies looks delicious

kanthi said...

Lovely cookies sounds delicious

Suja Sugathan said...

Beautiful presentation..delicious and yummy..lovely

GB said...

I don't blame Ro...I hate oats too. I had seen a wondeful recipe that incorporated oats in a dosa! i loved the idea but never really tried it out because I don't keep oats at home. If you do try it , let me know...i might pick some up next time I go grocery shopping!

http://showmethecurry.com/odds-ends/oats-dosa-healthy-dosa.html

your cookies look yum btw!! :)

PJ said...

reallly, i love apple crisps! i like them for the oatmeal actually. this is a great way to use up oatmeal too though. love the chewy cookies.

Padhu said...

Lovely cookies .Beautiful pictures

simply.food said...

Cookies look awesome and delectable.

Parita said...

cookies look fantastic, perfectly baked, i love them with a glass of cold milk..Mmmm yumm!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Threaded cookies turns me on! Loved ur first and third pic...Super Cookies:)

Yummy Team said...

Beautiful presentation, Nisha!! Loved the recipe and the pics..

Vrinda said...

Picture perfect cookies,crunchy n chewy indeed...

Nitha said...

Lovely cookies & awesome clicks..

Sweet Artichoke said...

These cookies look delicious! The pictures are amazing!

Kulsum @ JourneyKitchen said...

I'm not a big fab of oatmeal cookies either but it differently looks worth a try.And your photographs are getting better and better!:D

Sarah Naveen said...

Beautiful pics..Lovely yummy cookies..

Radhika said...

Great pics and pretty cookies. Of late I have started loving oat meal cookies.

Nithu Bala said...

crunchy and yummy..lovely click:-) following you Dear...

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Tamanna said...

now u know why ppl love your photographs so much, u have a gift!! and a lot of time and inspiration to capture i believe? lol unlike me....i m always rushing to capture pictures when the lil one sleeps...he just loves to steal my cam and bang it on floor. amazing cookies thanks for recipe, will try!