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Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Recipe adopted from The New Best Recipe.

As promised several days ago, this marks my second recipe attempted this week for a chewy chocolate chip cookie.  Rather than relying on melted butter and an additional egg yolk like the first recipe, this one uses oatmeal to get the texture we all know and love.  One thing that seemed a little odd when making these for the first time was how big the balls of dough were compared to the standard recipe.  Although my initial reaction was to just trim them down to the standard size (and make even more cookies), the recipe states that they'll turn crunchy rather than chewy.  I guess I can live with extra-large cookies.

INGREDIENTS:

7 1/8 ounces (~1 1/2) cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened but still cool
7 ounces (~1 cup) light brown sugar
7 ounces (~1 cup) granulated sugar
2 large eggs

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups raisins (optional)

Variations:

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (pictured above)
Omit the nutmeg and substitute 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips for the raisins.

Nut Oatmeal Cookies
Decrease the flour to 1 1/3 cups and add 1/4 cup ground almonds and 1 cup chopped walnut pieces along with the oats.  Omit the raisins.

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt together in a bowl.  In a bowl for a stand mixer, cream the butter and then mix in the sugars until combined.  Mix in the eggs, one at a time.  Lastly, stir in the oats (and any additional ingredients).  Shape the dough into 2 inch balls.  You should have enough for 18 cookies total (split between two cookie sheets).

Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until the edges start to turn golden brown. [Side note - rely on visual clues rather than a timer to see when to take them out.  After 20 minutes, mine were even a bit overcooked.  Everyone's oven is different].  Let the cookies rest for several minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack for a half an hour before eating.

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2 comments

  1. These sound a bit healthier than the other ones, but the others were so good, I don't know if I should deviate ;) I'll probably try these soon though too :)

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    1. Hah, yeah, oatmeal definitely increases the health factor. But then again, these are cookies we're talking about. Just ignore the ingredients and enjoy :)

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