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!