Sunday, April 11, 2010
You know how there are some days when you just feel a little low and want something that can lift u up and take away from everything. I was recently having one of those days. I really am not sure why but I was feeling so down and gloomy that even I got bored hanging out with myself!
Now everyone has there own way of rejuvenating themselves.. Some people go to clubs, hang out with friends, watch movies, or some like shopping and so on.. Well! for me it would be running and baking. Of-course not both at the same time! So that's what I did. I went to the gym, jumped on treadmill and ran a couple miles, came back home and did some baking.. Yes I did shower before that!
I found some nuts and oatmeal sitting in my pantry so I took them out and baked some cookies. Oatmeal Cookies with nuts and raisins.
Cookies were the first thing I ever tried to bake when I started baking & cookies were the first thing which never were on my side. They would never come out perfect. Sometimes it would be too hard, then sometimes too soft. Not to mention how many times they would be burnt to death. But slowly and steadily I came where they would come out the way they were supposed to come.
That taught me one lesson about baking, specially cakes and cookies. Stick to the ratio! If you try to mess with the measurements then the outcome would never be the one you want.
So here's my recipe of oatmeal cookies.
3 cups 1 minute oatmeal
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cups sliced almond
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups butter ( Oh! yeah..cookies need butter..)
2 eggs at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
First and foremost heat the oven upto 350 deg. F
Nuts usually taste far better if baked a little before eating so we'll do that first. We'll place the nuts ( pecan & almond) into the oven for a few minutes, probably 4-5 mins.
Sift all the dry ingredients together except the oatmeal, raisins and the toasted nuts. Set it aside.
Now pull out the biggest bowl that you have because we have to mix a lot of things together and you would need one. So in your bowl beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla.
Mixer still on a low start adding the dry ingredients into the wet, slowly, little by little. If you add them together all at once it would leave lumps behind which we don't want.
Then add toasted nuts, raisins and oatmeal into it.
I made more than 40 cookies out of the mixture so you would need two-three cookie sheets to bake them altogether otherwise you can also wrap the remaining dough into plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator to save for future use.
Line the sheet pans with parchment paper and use a big spoon or best is using an ice cream scoop to drop equal quantity of dough to generate same size cookies. Put them about an inch apart so that they don't stick to each other when the butter melts on heating and the cookies expand.
Bake them for about 15 mins until they are lightly brown. Them take them out of the oven and cool on a cooling rack before serving.
Posted by Prerna at 5:19 PM