So I am lucky enough to be going on holiday at the end of this month, the sort of holiday that requires a bikini. Why am I telling you this? Not to make you insanely jealous or to rub in your face how great my life is – so don’t hate me for it, but it is part of the story. The story of …why the hell am I making cookies when I should be in hardcore health mode.
Well here it is, I really fancied some cookies. I spent Monday afternoon listening to Joy the Bakers podcast whilst I was working and it really got me itching to get in the kitchen. Then someone mentioned cookies and I was sold. Sold in a kinda oh it’s really cold and windy outside and it’s dark and I have been working hard, so I need a cookie. It’s all starting to make sense now isn’t it?
Well there I was, me, my imagination and some baking ingredients. I hadn’t gone out to get anything special and instead of being selective I tried my hand at using everything I had. And produced an Oatmeal, raisin, chocolate chip, hazelnut and cinnamon cookie.
In short it’s a bit schizophrenic in it’s identity. That said it so doggone delicious I don’t really care.
Don’t you love oats in cookies, there is something so comforting about them. I think it might be something to do with my mothers penchant for homemade flapjacks when I was a child, something about the oats just really do it for me.
Anyway this could be a quick mid week treat or an immense Sunday afternoon bake. Either way chill out and let yourself eat a cookie, if you enjoy it then that’s the whole point.
120g unsalted butter, softened
100g brown sugar
100g caster sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g porridge oats
130g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
50g dark chocolate chopped into chunks
2 large handfuls of raisins
1 handful hazelnuts – chopped into chunks
- Preheat the oven to 180C, and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper
- Cream the butter and sugar together until creamy
- Beat in the egg and the vanilla until everything is combined and smooth
- Measure all the dry ingredients together except for the chocolate, raisins and hazelnuts
- Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and combine
- Then sprinkle in your chocolate, raisins and hazelnuts. Stir until everything is combined
- Flour your hands and shape about 1tsp of mixture at a time into small balls and place on the baking tray
- Keep going until you have done them all ( This was about 2 baking trays worth)
- Place in the oven to bake for about 10mins
- Remove and leave to cool, before eating yourself silly
And that as they say is the way the cookie crumbles (as an aside this isn’t a very crumbly cookie – they are kind of scrumdiliumptiously chewy) (damn it… now I need to eat another one)