Saturday, 15 October 2011

C is for Cookie: Oatmeal is NOT second best!


C is for Cookie!


Cookie monster’s second favorite, but by far my first, oatmeal cookies are extremely simple, easy to cleanup but an immensely satisfying dessert.

These chewy, melt in your mouth cookies take about 10 minutes to prepare and 12 minutes in the oven, so in less than half an hour you could have 24 little morsels from heaven.

Even if you don’t like oatmeal, you must try these cookies at least once. Oatmeal is very beneficial, other than being a great source of fiber; it is very good to lower your cholesterol.

This recipe is a variation on the Joy of Cooking’s. Pour yourself a cup of cold milk and enjoy.

Ingredients:

1 ½ sticks of butter (3/4 cups)
1 cup flour
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2  tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups Oatmeal (add less for softer cookies)
½ cup soft brown sugar *
½ cup white or granulated brown sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
1/3 cup coconut shredded (optional)

*The brown sugar traditionally used is soft brown sugar, which is not produced or popular in Egypt. The brown sugar we readily have in Egypt is very coarse and is granulated. Luckily, Domino brand is available in most big supermarkets like Metro, Seoudi Market or Carrefour, which is the best soft brown sugar in my opinion. There are two kinds; Light brown and Dark brown. Use the light brown sugar for a mild taste, or you could use the dark brown sugar if you like the flavor. As for the Egyptian brown sugar, you can use instead of white sugar in this recipe since it is granulated and very mild.

Preparation

Pre-heat your oven to 180°C (350°F).

Cream the butter and the sugar (both brown and the granulated).

Add in the egg, then the dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated.

Make about 1 Tbsp sized balls and place on a cookie sheet or pan. 

Recipe should make about 24 large cookies.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Which cookie turns you into Cookie Monster? 


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