Monday, November 26, 2012

Chewy Nutty Oats Cookies

I love Oats cookies, oats are supposed to be good for you, it is rich in fiber!
 So I was on a hunt for a good recipe.
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I've decided to adapt this recipe by Alice Medrich with a little twist of my own.

Oats cookies should be crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle. That's what I love about oats cookies. 

Cookies which are crisp and chewy at the same time, should be stored in a container, a tin or something, and not in an air-tight container. As this allows the cookies to breath, if stored in an air-tight container, your cookies will be all stale/soggy (we say 'lau-fong' in Chinese).

This recipe is certainly easy! It makes quite a large batch too! 

All you need:
{makes 40 cookies)
2 cups of rolled oats
1/4 cup of water
1 1/4 cups of plain flour
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of ground cinnamon *I only used about 1/2 tsp, not a huge fan of cinnamon.
1/4 tsp of freshly grated nutmeg * I only had ground, so I used slightly less than 1/4 tsp.
453g of unsalted butter
3/4 cup of packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup of caster sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp of salt * I used a pinch.
1 large egg 
1 cup of walnuts, chopped & 1 cup of raisins * I used 1/2 cup of slivered almonds, 1/2 cup of pecans, chopped

All you need to do: 
1) Soak oats in a small bowl with 1/4 cup of water. 
2) Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg in a bowl and set aside.
3) Melt butter in a saucepan/bowl over stove/microwave, once melted, remove from heat, add in the sugars, vanilla and salt.
4) Add egg in to butter mixture. Whisk egg briskly. Stir in all flour mixture until completely mixed.
5) Stir in all nuts and oats. Let dough stand for at least an hour, preferrably 2. *I left mine, covered overnight in the fridge, and took it out 5-10mins to thaw.
6) Pre-heat oven to 175 degrees. 
7) Use a mechanical ice cream scoop (3 1/4inch) and drop cookies onto baking sheet. Make sure to keep that at least 3 inches apart, as it will spread.
8) Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown on top.
9) Store in a tin container.
Enjoy! :)

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