Serves: Makes about 18-22 cookies
Preparation and cooking time: 35 minutes
Calories: ~115 per cookie
Why are these so awesome? Well mainly because as an amateur cooking and baking enthusiast, cookies are not, or I should say, were not my forte – at all. Sure, I have a few “sort-of-successes” here and there, but they never seem to quite work. Either they collapse into thin platters, a fraction of a centimetre thick, or they don’t spread at all and I end up with something not dissimilar in texture to a small golf ball. For the times when my cookies have actually spread, they tend to maintain a flat, smooth surface on top, so it was a real pleasure to pull these out of the oven for once and find that not only had they spread, but they had a deliciously crinkly, cracked surface too. Nice and gooey when warm, crisp and crunchy when cool, they might just be the perfect cookie – certainly the best one I’ve ever managed to make. They’re also absolutely delicious, super fast to make (and eat) and very “hackable”. You can add all sorts of things to this cookie dough and get great results.
I opted for a spicy cookie this time around – cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg – though they’re equally delicious just plain. For those of you who are familiar with the English biscuits called “HobNobs”, you’ll find this cookie quite similar. I think my next batch is going to have white chocolate chips and walnuts because that’s a mix which works well together (thanks Starbucks for the inspiration on that front).
We went out for dinner recently with William in tow and it seems we’ve hit a milestone. We were able to eat, and enjoy, an entire three-course meal without William crying, screaming, or launching things across the room. How things change, eh? Just a few months ago I had to inhale my meal while standing up, holding him in a sling, and then bolting out of the restaurant as soon as possible so as to keep the fuss to a minimum. The only slight problem this time was when we took away the piece of baguette he was chomping on. He’d turned the crust to a mush and we worried half of it would disappear down his throat. He sure was one angry baby, but calmed down after a little hug from Daddy :).
We go to a steak restaurant which is, conveniently, open non-stop from 11am to 11pm. We can swing by around 5pm and it’s perfect. The place is usually pretty much deserted so we don’t disturb anyone else in case of sudden screeching and because there’s no-one else there we can usually have a nice view of our steaks being cooked on the open log fire in the centre of the restaurant (incidentally, if you’ve never had a steak cooked over a wood fire, I really recommend it).
This was shortly before we confiscated his beloved bread. Of course he doesn’t understand we’re doing it for his own safety…
I hope you get a chance to try the cookies everyone. Let me know what you think and I’ll be back in a few days. Enjoy the rest of the week :).
Awesome Oat Cookies
- 140g Butter, softened
- 70g Caster Sugar
- 50g soft Brown Sugar
- 1tbsp Milk
- 1tbsp Golden Syrup
- 1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
- 140g Self Raising Flour
- 1tsp ground Ginger (optional)
- 1tsp ground Cinnamon (optional)
- 1tsp ground Nutmeg (optional)
- 100g Oats
- Start off by preheating your oven to 150 degrees Celsius and then cream together the butter, the caster sugar and the soft brown sugar until pale and fluffy.
- Beat in the milk and bicarbonate of soda, and then add in the Golden Syrup and mix well to combine. Add the spices (if using) and then the flour, before mixing to a stiff paste. Finally, beat in the oats until well mixed.
- Pinch off small pieces of dough – a bit smaller than a golf ball – and roll between your hands to form an even ball. Place onto a non-stick baking tray, allowing ample room between each ball for expansion during cooking.
- Place into the preheated oven and bake for about 25 minutes, until golden brown and cracked on top. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes on the tray before transferring to a wire rack.
- Allow to cool completely before storing and enjoy with a nice cup of tea!