“Daddy” cookies

The second batch of cookies I made this year was the last batch. I was going to make a chocolate chip cookie with dark chocolate and dried cherries but never got around to it. Maybe next year…which is right around the corner!

The fully loaded oatmeal cookie was a request of Hubby several years ago. Last year I did not make any so I thought I should make them this year. Cook’s Illustrated magazine (September&October 2016) published an Oatmeal Cookie recipe claiming it was chewier, moister, and easier to make than the standard from the Quaker canister. So I decide to give it a try.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional); okay, so I put in one cup M&Ms, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, and 1/2 cup peanut butter chips! This may have affected the outcome…

375 degrees F. Line pans with parchment paper.

Whisk the first three ingredients together and set aside. Melt butter in a skillet over medium high heat until foaming subsides and scrape and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes. Immediately transfer to a large heatproof bowl. Stir in cinnamon. Add the sugars until combined. Add the egg, the yolk, and the vanilla. Stir in flour mixture, then oats and raisins. Stir until evenly distributed. Mixture will be stiff.

Divide dough into 20 pieces. Flatten them slightly with a flat bottomed glass. At this point I made a dozen cookies with the intent of making more later. So I put the remaining dough in the refrigerator. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time for 8-10 minutes. They do not spread out much during baking.

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These tasted great and were perfect per Hubby. I baked another batch a few days later and had to mash the dough between my palms to get it to form balls. The dough seemed more like an oatmeal cookie granola. They baked up pretty well with a few cracks. It is possible, in all fairness to Cook’s Illustrated, that the triple amount of additives (chips, fruit, etc) was the cause of the granola effect. The melting of the butter made the mixing possible without a mixer and added a butterscotch-y taste to the batter, what batter there was. Will I use this recipe again? Probably, but not as a favorite. I find the Quaker canister recipe perfectly good and simple enough.

The second batch was sent to my favorite Airman, fresh out of Basic Training!

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Honey Oatmeal Muffins

Again I am using the Quaker Oats 1982 cookbook. I am not sleeping well and there are fresh blueberries languishing in my refrigerator. So I make and bake muffins in the middle of the night!

I choose this recipe because all I have is almond milk and am not sure if non-dairy milks can be substituted in baked goods with perfect results. I used almond milk in an egg custard once and it did not set as expected. But this worked out. The recipe called for 1/2 cup milk unlike my other favorite muffin recipe which called for one cup. This also uses vegetable oil so I imagine they are healthier than those made with butter.

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup honey

Mix the wet ingredients together in a 2 cup measure or other smallish bowl.

  • 1 1/2 cups oats, uncooked
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix the dry ingredients together in your mixing bowl. To this I added 1 heaping cup fresh blueberries and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Stir gently.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring just until mixed. Bake in greased or papered muffin pan at 400 degrees F for 15-18 minutes. Makes 12.

Enjoyed these for breakfast. I will make these again.

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Rob Roy Cookies

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The German Chocolate Cake (Cake Envy) was a big hit at my house and at work where I brought half the cake so I wouldn’t overindulge. But now it is back to cookies. I don’t know if I will accomplish a dozen types by Christmas.

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I found this recipe in my mother’s recipe file box. I went through the cookie index card section and picked out several to make for this year’s Christmas cookies. This is an oatmeal cookie with raisins and nuts. What makes this a different cookie? My mom cut this from a recipe years and years ago and the clipping says it is the best. My preliminary research through multiple oatmeal cookie recipes shows that this recipe adds ground cloves in addition to the cinnamon, whereas most oatmeal cookies just use cinnamon. The other difference is that this recipe adds the oats, raisins and nuts before adding the flour. There is also a bit of buttermilk not found in most cookies.

This is not quite the “daddy holiday oatmeal cookie” that hubby wants but it may have to do. The cookie he dreamed up had M&Ms in addition to Craisins and nuts in an oatmeal cookie. I just may make Santa’s Whiskers with red and green M&Ms instead of candies cherries! No one in my household will know the difference since I’ve never made those cookies before!

November miscellaneous 017I gather the ingredients and because I never leave well enough alone I add the remaining half bag of butterscotch chips I find in my baking pantry. I have always liked butterscotch chips in oatmeal cookies. I just haven’t made oatmeal cookies for a while.The recipe calls for 1 Cup homogenized Spry shortening. I will be using butter. Then there is 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cloves, and 1 1/2 Cup brown sugar. This is all creamed together and then the 2 eggs are added.

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The recipe clipping states to bake at 375 for 15 minutes. If you flatten them they are crispy and if not, they are chewy. I bake some  and feed them to hubby. He says they are better cooled rather than right out of the oven. He decides milk and cookies will be his supper! RR 004