Friday, July 14, 2006
C is for COOKIE
It's still raining. I think the weather Gods are punishing us. The good thing about it is that I don't have to water the lawn. The bad thing is that trips to the beach are always cancelled when it rains. It has rained ALL freakin' week.
So today, in an effort to keep busy, Kevin and I are baking cookies. Correction-I'll be baking and Kevin will be eating. The cookies to your left are actual cookies baked with loving care by moi.
In our house, these cookies are a staple. John likes them better then sex I think, because he whines a lot more when the cookie jar is empty. In fact if I wait too long before replenishing the supply, I have a full scale mutiny on my hands.
Oh, you want the recipe? Really? I suppose I can do that.....
Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies a la Canadian Living Magazine, October 2000
2/3 cup butter (use butter, it is better for sure)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup chocolate chips (I often use 1 cup)
Cream together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, and beat until well combined. Scrape down side of bowl. In a seperate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add to butter mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop with a tbsp onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes at 350. They last about a week in an airtight container, or you can freeze them. Makes 2 dozen (depending on how many you eat when they come out of the oven).
And you can substitute raisins, white chocolate, nuts, cranberries, etc for the chocolate chips-just keep the amounts (1 cup total) the same.
But be careful. These cookies have addictive properties and when used carelessly, will backfire on you. You may become a slave to the stove as your family members demand more. Although if a girl bakes them in the right time of the month, they do wonders to satisfy a severe chocolate craving.