Quaker Oatmeal Raisin (Walnut) Cookies

I am a total sucker for oatmeal/raisin/walnut cookies in just about any form imaginable. I am not sure why that is, because I do not remember eating loads of these as a kid and don’t remember my mom making them either. I guess it’s one of the strangely good combinations that as an adult I prefer over, say, chocolate chip or something.D&D_2006

It also does not hurt that somehow I think these cookies must be good for you. You know, oats are good for your heart, nuts are good for you, and raisins and just plain tasty. I eat these for breakfast and can feel really good about it. That might just be the best part of all. And it’s all total bullshit, but I can just about convince myself that it works. Yep, I can.

14 Tbs unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned)
1 cup raisins + a little more
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts + a little more

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

Over a piece of waxed paper, sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time, and mix, then add vanilla. Add dry ingredients and then oats and mix well to combine. Stir in raisins and walnuts.

Using a cookie scoop (#30), scoop dough onto baking sheet and flatten them a bit. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Cool 1 minute on the baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

source: Quaker Oats Company

Almost Cowboy Cookies

Yet again another cookie that I never had a child (see: Snickerdoodles). I knew these were sold at the Publix when I was a kid, but we never bought any of them. I think, to me, they were a bit of a mash-up cookie – too many things involved. They are a little bit chocolate chip cookie, a little bit oatmeal pecan cookie and then you add coconut into the mix. Strikes me as strange – but I understand a lot of people really like them. I am so not digging the coconut, so we will try without it this time. I guess that means I need to call them something other than Cowboy Cookies, but I’m not sure what – well, Almost Cowboy Cookies seems to work.dd_1770

I guess the thing that sets me off is I really (no, REALLY!) do not like chocolate with oatmeal. There is nothing worse that thinking you have got a straight up old-fashioned oatmeal raisin cookie and find out – the hard way – Ugh – that it is oatmeal and chocolate chips. Every feeling revolts.

But I guess if going into this you know what you are dealing with it will decrease the amount of shock when you taste the cookie. And apparently, lots of people like this kind of cookie – if they did not the Publix would not sell them. That is a fact.

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp kosher salt
6 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
6 Tbs sugar
6 Tbs brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped pecans (Renfroes)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter until smooth and then add sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add flour mixture and beat to just incorporate. Stir in oats, chocolate, and pecans. Form dough into 24 balls and bake 12 at a time for 16 – 18 minutes rotating the baking pan half way through. Cool on baking sheet for a minute and the cool on a wire rack. Let baking pan cool and do the whole thing over again.

Makes 24 cookies (that should really be obvious).

Source: modified from Saveur

16 Sept 12 – v.g.

7 January 17 –  indeed, v.g.

2015 Mushroom Pate

Butter / Egg Usage – October 2016

1 October 2016 – Red Onion White Wine OJ Butter Sauce Pasta with spinach tortellini  – 4 Tbs

14 October 2016 – Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Cookies – 16 Tbs / 2 large eggs

15 October 2016 – Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins – 5 1/2 Tbs / 2 large eggs

19 October 2016 – Shortbread – 16 Tbs

19 October 2016 – Best Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies – 12 Tbs / 1 large egg

25 October 2016 – Cheddar, Corn, and Sausage Muffins – 4 Tbs / 2 large eggsdd_1591

27 October 2016  – Lemon Bars – 16 Tbs butter / 5 large eggs

28 October 2016 – Pecan Sandies – 16 Tbs butter

28 October 2016 – Lemon Crisps– 8 Tbs butter / 1 large egg

97.5 Tbs = 12.1875 sticks = 48.75 ozs = 3.04 pounds 

13 eggs 

I will have to add this all up just to see where it gets me for this year. This is not a bad month after all. Might even make up for my crappy summer. But probably will not. 

Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookies

Oatmeal cookies are some of my favorite cookies pretty much ever. In my opinion, they combine a lot of things I like – oatmeal, dried fruit, and nuts. Add a little sugar and bake and they are great “breakfast” cookies, right?  That is just how I justify eating lots of them for breakfast –  no guilt involved.dd_1588

This is a new recipe for me, but certainly not my only oatmeal cookie recipe. I feel like a bit of an expert in this area, but maybe that is just because I’m the odd one that likes oatmeal cookies when everyone else is picking up the chocolate chip cookies. Fine – more oatmeal cookies for me. But I do think raisins and nuts – walnuts or pecans – need to be involved.

This recipe was a request, but you really never have to ask me to make an oatmeal cookie twice. Huge fan — as long as no chocolate is involved. That is just the worst thing – um, pretty much ever. You see an    oatmeal cookie and have expectations of raisins, and then damn – ugh – it is chocolate chips – so. very. gross. It gives me the heebie-jeebies just thinking about it.

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup chopped pecans (our local pecans – Renfroe’s)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
12 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
2 Tbs pure grade B maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup raisins/sultanas

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread oats on rimmed baking sheet and toast until lightly golden, about 6 minutes or so. Add pecans and toss, toast another 6 minutes until pecans are fragrant. Let cool. Turn off oven or lower to 350 degrees.

Sift over a piece of waxed paper flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in oats and pecans.

In a bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg, syrup, vanilla and beat until incorporated. Add dry ingredients and beat on low until just combined. Add raisins and stir, scraping down the bowl. Let sit at room temperature for one hour to hydrate the oatmeal.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a #20 or 2 ozs. disher, scoop dough onto parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing 3 inches apart – cookies will spread as they bake. Bake until cookie edges are golden brown and firm but centers are still soft, 15-17 minutes. Let sit on baking sheet for ten minutes (??) and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Cookie dough can be made 3 days ahead and covered and refrigerated. Let dough come to room temperature before baking.

Source: Based on the original name of the recipe – I’m thinking Bon Appetit and their “Best of” series. Made a couple of changes, but the idea is still amazingly wonderful.

Salted Crispy Oatmeal Butterscotch Pecan Cookies

I just could not help myself with this recipe. Honestly – how could I?  This, I think, is the longest title of a cookie ever – at least in my world. And there is nothing wrong with that.D&D_1352.jpg

Oatmeal means it is a “breakfast” cookie, especially when pecans (or any nut) are involved. And who knew from rice crispies? And butterscotch chips – they are always in my freezer, because you never know when they will be needed, right?  You need to be prepared – this is serious stuff, here people. Who can be caught with no butterscotch chips? Well, maybe that is just me. Okay, just me. I know.

The combination of all these relatively random things is pretty amazing.  Then again I only try one cookie in any recipe. I mean, once you have had one cookie, or maybe even some raw cookie dough (a favorite trick of mine because I really need an excuse to eat raw cookie dough), you know how the recipe works out. But not this time. Full stop. I had to have a couple of cookies because I could not stop myself, and honestly, that is very rare. Really rare. The MotH will vouch for that. Also, the office said that these were pretty frigging amazing. Which is praise indeed.  They don’t quite know that they are my recipe testers. I hope they don’t mind, because I want an honest opinion.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
8 Tbs unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup quick oatmeal
1 cup rice crispies
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup chopped pecans – Renfroes, of course
Maldon Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Over a piece of waxed paper, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Blend in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture a little at a time until completely mixed in. Stir in oatmeal, rice cereal, butterscotch chips, and pecans. Using a cookie scoop, arrange dough on baking sheet with a couple inches in between. Sprinkle dough balls with Maldon salt. Bake 12 minutes, turning the pan half way thru baking time.

Cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Bench Notes: 3 dozen or so cookies, depending the size of your cookie scoop. I do need to figure out the size of my cookie scoop. My guess – a generous tablespoon. But I could be wrong.

This recipe seemed like such a mix of things that I really like, I made it almost as soon as I found the recipe. I even went to the store to stock up on oatmeal, which I usually have but I had made way too many variations of oatmeal cookies this fall, and buy rice cereal which I do not keep on hand, but whatever is left is going to be rice crispy treats – which I love in a stupid childish kind of way.

I’m never really sure about the sprinkled salt thing. For such a long time it seemed to be a fad that seemed silly. That is not to say I do not own any finishing salts because I do, a lot of them (and that is a completely different post), but in this recipe that salt and that crunch from the Maldon was just the thing. It was so very right.

I so want to make another batch of them right now. Yep. I do.

Cranberry White Chocolate Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

I thought this might be my longest recipe title for a cookie, but I now know that is not the case – just wait for it. I make cookies (or just bake) for people, it makes me happy – the Boy, friends, co-workers (who are also friends), and even occasionally I make something that the MotH* enjoys. This was a recipe I told my friend from Iowa about and made these cookies for them. As I have said many times, I do love a “breakfast” cookie (definition: any cookie w/oatmeal and nuts), but I have to admit that I was not sure about this recipe the first time I saw it about four years ago. I guess it was just the white chocolate, or any kind of chocolate for that matter,  because all the other flavors and the ones I added made this an instant favorite of mine, but I was still hesitant about the white chocolate. But once I tried these – thanks Dana! – I was so sold on them. They seem like a fall cookie, but as you can tell, I made them this spring for my Iowa friends – who I miss.

D&D_1305And I ate these cookies for breakfast. Yep. I did. Hello, oatmeal and pecans. Love me some “breakfast” cookies.

2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg – yes, freshly grated
6 ozs dried cranberries – yes, by weight
2/3 cup white chocolate chips (or a 4 oz bar chopped up) Ghirardelli as usual
1 cup chopped pecans, Renfroe’s as usual – local is best.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Over a piece of waxed paper, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg and then add the oats.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time of course, mixing well after each and then add the vanilla.    Add flour mixture, which includes the oats, to the butter mixture in a few additions, mixing well after each. Stir in cranberries, white chocolate chips, and pecans.

Drop by rounded teaspoons (or cookie scoop) onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

*Man of the House

Source: My friend Dana –  have no idea where she found this, and kind of don’t care. I like recipes from friends. We both added things to the recipe. She added cinnamon, vanilla, and walnuts. I added freshly grated nutmeg and pecans to replace walnuts because we have amazing local pecans, and kept the vanilla and cinnamon. Duh.

I think I could make these cookies every week and eat all of them, but I just do not.

White chocolate surprises me on a regular basis. I do not expect to like it, but there are several cases where I do.

Butter Usage – by month – (February 2016)

February 1 – 2 Tbs – Grilled Cheese Sandwich – yep boring, but I love a good grilled cheese. Of course with applesauce.

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Spiced Pecans

February 4 – 16 Tbs – Chocolate Chip Walnut Blondies

February 5 – 16 Tbs – Sugar Cookies

February 6 – 4 Tbs – Spiced Pecans Will be making these again even if they are a bit sticky – but we’ve had a rather damp winter  – hence, no taffy (total bummer.)

February 20 – 3 Tbs – Parmesan Rosemary Crackers

February 20 – 8 Tbs – Oatmeal Pecan Toffee Cookies

February 24 – 4 Tbs – Carrot Cake – frosting

February 27 – 16 Tbs – White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies