ARF/5-A-Day #48

by Cate on December 6, 2006

It seems like forever since we baked cookies here in the Sweetnicks kitchen, and with the holidays nearly here, the kitchen should be covered with baking activities from corner to corner. Not yet. Haven’t fleshed out my game plan of what I’m baking this year, nor how many CARE packages I’ll be delivering and sending — that’s this weekend’s activity. But in the meantime, I baked off a batch of cookies for Nicholas to take to school tomorrow, using a new recipe for the aptly titled Holiday Oatmeal Cookies, that I found in the December issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

As I was folding the batter, I thought these might just be a slightly glorified oatmeal raisin cookie, just made different by the addition of the chocolate chips, but surprisingly they weren’t. A nice crispy exterior, yet remaining soft inside, they were quite tasty, and Nicholas snagged a handful before I could get them in the cookie jar. With the chocolate chips, you know they were delicious warm from the oven with the chocolate all smooth and melty. Mmmm, yum. Although chocolate is an antioxidant itself, I upped the ante and added dried cranberries as well. It is ARF/5-A-Day, after all.

Until tomorrow…

A year ago today… Chinese food and cookies.

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Holiday Oatmeal Cookies
Recipe Courtesy of Good Housekeeping (December 2006)
Yields: About 4 dozen cookies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or margarine (2 sticks), softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups old-fashioned oats, uncooked
1 cup raisins
1 package (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup)

Preheat oven to 350F. On waxed paper, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.

In large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat butter and brown and granulated sugars until creamy, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low; gradually beat in flour mixture just until blended, occasionally scraping bowl. With spoon, stir in oats, raisins, and chocolate chips.

Drop dough by heaping measuring tablespoons, 2 inches apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet. Bake cookies 13 to 15 minutes or until tops are golden. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.

Repeat with remaining dough. Store cookies in tightly covered container at room temperature up to 1 week or in freezer up to 3 months.

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