Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Yum... Tuesday Night Cookies

So... um... yeah.

Tonight I decided that I was craving something sweet.

After a futile search in my fridge & cabinets, I decided there wasn't a thing that seemed like desert (I guess if hard-pressed I could eat jelly by the spoonful).

Then it occurred to me that I was being a wimp. I'm probably a close descendant of Betty Crocker and it would hurt dear Aunt Betty if I didn't whip up a batch of something.

Now let me insert a little bit of wisdom here, I've always been the girl that had flour, sugar, eggs & butter in my cabinets... just in case. You never know when you're forced to make cupcakes in order to win the affections of kidnappers, the IRS or worse, zombies. So I ALWAYS have basic ingredients for baking on hand. Join me, you won't regret the space that flour takes up!

So after a quick search on the internet (remember, I steal recipes all the time) I found an awesome recipe for soft oatmeal cookies.

So, without further ado (and rambling) I present yumminess.



SOFT OATMEAL COOKIES

1 c. butter (I used low-cal margarine with awesome results)
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. white sugar (or sugar substitute if you're saving calories for a rainy day)
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. salt
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsps. ground cinnamon (I put two whole teaspoons, because I'm a rebel)
1 tsp. baking soda
3 c. quick cooking oats
Optional: Cup of Raisins or Nuts (this step is not allowed in my house... Luke Skywalker might be upset if he takes a bite of a cookie and a raisin is staring back)

Directions:
In large bowl, cream together butter, white sugar & brown sugar. 
Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla. 
Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; stir into creamed mixture. 
Slowly mix in oats.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheet (I used pan spray). 
Roll dough into walnut sized balls (obviously, I think walnuts are huge!). 
Place dough balls approx. 2" apart on cookie sheet.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. ALWAYS try 8 minutes first... if the edges are browned but center looks undone then they are ready. This makes for a super soft, chewy cookie.
Allow cookies to cool completely on rack (this step is the hardest for Luke Skywalker).

BET 'CHA DIDN'T KNOW: Eggs are so important in recipes! For example, in meatloafs they help all the ingredients stick together. In the cookie recipe above, they also help the ingredients stick together and keep the cookies yummy-moist.