Sunday, June 24, 2007

Oatmeal cranberry cookie heaven!

All this healthy eating lately has left me with a huge sugar craving! Plus, there’s been a lot of foodie blogger baking and cookie stacking as well. Inspired by both Tigerfish and Lynn’s latest efforts, I’ve decided to go where I don’t usually go…the baking zone!

The truth is, I’m not a great baker. Hubs has suffered through lots of dry muffins and super-hard-teeth-breaking cookies! I just can’t follow recipes properly.

First of all, I don’t read properly, that is, I miss lines and forget to add ingredients. Then I get bored measuring things and end up just adding a little too much sugar or flour because I think the batter needs it!

Also, to add to the problem, I also don’t have proper measuring utensils (cups, spoons etc) at the moment and just tend to guess. When a recipe calls for 1 cup of flour, I literally use 1 cup … any cup that I find in the kitchen!

Anyway, I decided to try Lynn’s oatmeal raisin cookie recipe, it looked pretty fool-proof to me, plus she had lots of helpful advice for the novice baker like me.

You’ll find the recipe here.

A few things though. I substituted the raisins with cranberries as I love cranberries. Also, I couldn’t find vanilla essence in my local supermarket and so had to use “vanilla sugar” (never seen this before!)!

On top of that, I couldn’t find any “quick-cooking” oats and so just used the normal oats that I found in the supermarket. And, I couldn’t find any baking soda either so I used baking powder. The oven in our current apartment isn’t great so the cookies took about 15 minutes to bake. Oh, and I have only 1 tray so I had to bake the cookies in 3 batches!

The end result was fantastic (no complains from Hubs either!)! Here’s my cookie stack!

I’ve eaten so many cookies today that I think I’m going to have to go for a big loooonggg run tomorrow ;-)

Pay careful attention to Lynn’s advice about taking the cookies out while they’re still slightly underbaked. I left my first batch in for too long and they were slightly too hard. I made sure I took my other batches out early!


  1. Yum! The natural sugars of the cranberries are so delicious.

  2. Way to go! Your cookies look wonderful and substituting cranberries for the raisins is genius! Thanks for the link.

  3. Looks good! I like the combination of oats and cranberries, delish!

  4. Wow good job! The cookies look lovely, and you seem to have adapted well despite not having the proper utensils. Aaah...inspiration for non-bakers like me. :-)

  5. wow, thats fantastic!
    i never bake cookies before. have to try oneday :)

  6. You remind me of the time a few years ago when I was obsessed with baking cookies and friends/sis kept giving cookie recipe books so they can be 'guinea pigs'. :-)

    Your mention of the sweetened condensed milk in Roti Canai has inspired me to use it in Coconut Barfi, a cardamom-flavoured chewy coconut candy. Very addictive.

    (P.S. Thanks for linking my blogsite.)

  7. Wokandspoon , that is really good ideas using cranberry, because I get bored with oatmeal raisin. Next time I will try with cranberry.

  8. Yummy Cookies! Oh-oh, do I sound like the cookie monster?!?

  9. wokandspoon,
    I saw the cookie stack photo in my friend's blog too (of course not the same cookie). Is this a must-do-stuff after you bake the cookies?

  10. go stacking cookies too!
    Hey, I think I get bored measuring things as well - I usually don't measure while I cook my meals. It's usually AGARATION technique. Buahahha. But in baking, cannot estimate. Tt'y why I dislike.

    Your cranberries cookies look nicely brown and good. :)

  11. Your choice of food is healthy, from tofu to sweet potato. Even dessert is healthy, oatmeal raisin.

    And you jog. Good for you. Prevention is better than cure. :)

  12. yums oatmeal cookies are my favorites!

  13. Hi Kelly: Yep - I love cranberries!

    Lynn: Thanks for your great tips!
    Now I can't stop eating these cookies ;-)

    LittleCornerofMine: It's ruining my diet ;-)

    LyricalLemongrass: I was lucky that they came out well. I've made some messes in the kitchen by improvising ;-)

    ISha: I don't bake often at all so
    you should definitely try!

    Argus: Hehe - my husband is hinting
    at all these other different types of cookies that I can make as well!
    I saw your Coconut Barfi - yum - looks nice and sweet!

    Everything4Sweets: And I'll have to try the cookies with raisins ;-)

    EastMeetsWestKithen: Hehe - yeah, you do sound like the cookie monster...but as long as you're not blue ;-)

    Kok: Oh yeah, definitely stack the
    cookies - they taste better that way! No I'm kidding...I'm not very original in how I take photos - the stacks looked pretty.

    Tigerfish: Yep - I don't measure really when I cook either - just throw things in! I agree, in baking there's less room for

    LeePing: Hmmm yeah, you're right - oatmeal is healthy! Too bad about the sugar though!!

    Buddingcook: I like chocolate chip cookies too..that might be my next project ;-)

  14. ooh, I love cranberries, I can take a whole bowl just like that. Like you, I don't read btw the lines well, especially when it comes to baking buahahahaa, your cookies looked great, ger :))

  15. Very nice blog, good pictures too!

  16. Those look so perfect. I want one to pack in my lunch tomorrow!

  17. Sounda like a success! So now you can't say that you can't bake well :-)

  18. MeltingWok: The cookies are almost all gone now :-( Guess I'll have to make more over the weekend ;-)

    Retno: Thanks for stopping by!

    SteamyKitchen: Ok - I'll mail one over...though it might be a little stale by the time it gets there ;-)

    Nora: Hi Nora, thanks for stopping by. Ummm... well, no I don't bake well...check out the next post!

  19. Agreed. Can't be a dessert without sugar.


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