Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cookie recipe

Yesterday, I was acting as one of Santa's helpers. I made a big batch of oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies to take to Livie's teachers at Pre-K.

It was nothing fancy - I just used the recipe on the lid of the Quaker® Oats container. But instead of using raisins, I substituted chocolate chips. Oh, and I didn't have light brown sugar, only dark brown sugar. So while the cookies came out looking over-baked, they tasted good, and were just right - only looking dark, because of the dark brown sugar.

Here's the recipe.

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (courtesy of the Quaker® Oats package):

Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1 cup raisins*
*I substituted 1 cup chocolate chips.

Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Beat together margarine and sugars until creamy. 
  3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. 
  5. Stir in oats and raisins*; mix well. 
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.**
  7. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. 
  8. Cool one minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack. 
Makes about 4 dozen.

*Again, I substituted chocolate chips.
**I lined the cookie sheet with parchment paper, which is in the section of your average grocery store where foil and plastic wrap are found. It's a great ungreased, non-stick kitchen tool.

For high altitude: increase flour to 1-3/4 cups.

Most of the cookies went to Livie's Pre-K teachers. But we ended up with about a dozen left over for ourselves.

We may make some more today. You know, for Santa! And Cookie Monster! 

Those are obviously pretend cookies! ;)

3 comments:

varunner said...

Substituting chocolate chips is the only way to go, as far as I'm concerned.
I'm tagging you on my blog tomorrow - be on the lookout ;-)

Sonya Heilmann said...

We made some more this afternoon, using chocolate chips instead of raisins, of course. But we added butterscotch chips, too, and they made the cookies even better!

I'm looking forward to seeing what your blog post is all about tomorrow!

Andrew said...

So is THAT what happened in the kitchen this afternoon? Can I start eating them, or are they for Santa?

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