Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Oatmeal cookies

Since I had no school this week, I've been cooking like crazy, trying to make a lot of food to freeze so I could later have tons of healthy homemade meals for my lunches. As delicious as they are, I am really starting to get bored with weight watchers and lean cuisine frozen meals. Therefore, since last Friday, I've been in cooking heaven. I've been cooking at least 2 recipes a day while knitting, watching many CSI episodes and doing the obligatory homework. My latest creation is a batch of delicious oatmeal cookies from the Martha Stewart website. I followed the exact recipe but I didn't any dried fruits to the batter because I like my cookies plain and simple.

Classic Oatmeal Cookies (By Martha Stewart)
Makes about 3 dozen
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large egggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups mixed dried fruits and nuts, such as golden raisins, currants, coarsely chopped dried apricots, dried cherries, coarsely chopped pecans, or a combination of above

1.Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with Silpats; set aside.
2.In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs; mix on high speed to combine. Mix in vanilla; set aside.
3.Combine oats, flour, wheat germ, baking soda, and baking powder in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, and beat on low speed to combine, 10 to 15 seconds. Remove bowl from mixer, and stir in dried fruits and nuts.
4.Using a large metal scoop, drop dough onto prepared sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake until golden and just set, about 18 minutes. Transfer sheets to wire rack to cool.

I'll try to update with many other recipes during the week, I took a lot of pictures of everything I cooked/baked, I just need to find the time to post them!

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