Monday 13 August 2012

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

These warm, gooey lumps of old fashioned tastiness are prime candidates for introducing people to baking. Charming in their simplicity while being easy and fast, this recipe yields a tasty dessert with little effort required and even less time. My brother Matt and I often make these cookies when we're craving a sweet snack but are too lazy to make something more complicated! With that said, enjoy this recipe full of old-fashioned flavor!

1/2 c. Softened Butter
1/3 c. White Sugar
1/2 c. Brown Sugar
1 Large Egg
1/2 tsp. of Vanilla extract (or more, it's really to taste)
1 c. Wholewheat Flour
1 1/2c. Cooking Oats
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
A good shake of cinnamon (1/4 - 1/2 tsp cinnamon for you unimaginative types)
A pinch of freshly ground nutmeg 

1) Cream together the butter and sugars until soft, fluffed and homogenous
2)Add the egg to the wet mixture and mix it in alongside the vanilla, you want to give the wet ingredients a good whipping so continue a bit past when it looks fully mixed, a good beating will make for a chewy cookie
3) Mix the dry ingredients together
4) Combine everything and roll into wee balls which are no more than an inch in diameter, put them on a cookie sheet and squash them against it using the palm of your hand. (This step can be facilitated by cooling the dough for several minutes to prevent the butter from being super melty)
5) Bake at 350 for 8 minutes, remove from oven and place on a plate to cool when the bottom is browned, even if the top does not look quite cooked, the cookie will continue to cook as it cools

Optionally, after letting the cookies cool for 5 minutes or so you can cover them with a bowl to trap the steam rising off them to guarantee an extra moist cookie

Best enjoyed with a glass of milk!

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