It's that time again! This swap's theme was holiday cookies. After submitting the Spoon Cookies recipe I found in an old issue of Gourmet, I received a recipe for oatmeal cookies from The Imitation Chef. I grew up baking oatmeal cookies for my father, but only recently have come to like them myself. I've been a loyal Quaker Oatmeal Cookie baker (you know, the recipe under the lid of a jar of Old-Fashioned or Quick Cooking Oats?). So, I was looking forward to trying a different recipe.
I wasn't planning on adapting the recipe at all, save for adding some white chocolate chips, but the resulting dough was so dry and crumbly, I couldn't form any cookies - the dough just fell apart. So, I added some additional oil, and a second egg (the recipe below reflects my changes). During baking, however, my cookies did not spread - they remained in the same ball shape that I had formed as directed.
I was expecting to bite into a dense, rock-like cookie, however, they were still light and chewy. They had a pleasantly sweet flavor, so I'm unsure where I went wrong. Usually, I'd assume my baking powder was old, but I just recently bought it.
From The Imitation Chef
- ½ cup (4 ounces) whole wheat flour
- ½ cup (4 ¼ ounces) all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ cup canola oil
- ⅔ cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup (1 ¾ ounces) rolled oats
- ¼ cup (1 ½ ounces) raisins
- ¼ cup (1 ounce) craisins (dried cranberries)
- 6 ounces white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine whole wheat and AP flours, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- In a separate bowl, beat the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add flour, and stir to combine.
- Mix in the oats, raisins, craisins and white chocolate chips until combined.
- Form balls of dough, 2 tbsp at a time, and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 15 to 17 minutes.
- Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.