Tuesday, April 27, 2010

When you can't decide on hair, eat cookies.

I don't know if I've ever mentions this before, but I live with a cookie monster.  Yup.  A real life cookies monster.  When there are cookies in the house, he can be found with his hand in the cookie jar, or rather, the pantry where we keep cookies.  When there are no cookies, he can be found moping around, looking for cookies, sighing loudly.

The cookie monster's favorite cookies are oatmeal cookies.  So today, I made oatmeal cookies because, frankly, I love my cookie monster and I don't like to see him moping around.

 Here's what you need for very simple, but delicious oatmeal cookies:
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed ground sugar
1/2 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup raisins, chopped nuts, semisweet chocolate chips or whatever else your little heart desires.  I'll be using chocolate chips and craisins.

Heat the oven to 375 degrees.  Beat all ingredients except oats, flour and whatever deliciousness you decided on in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with a spoon.
Now, listen carefully because this is important. If you want perfect cookies, you need to make sure that your butter/margarine is about room temperature.  If it's too soft, then your cookies will be watery looking and flat.  And if you over-measure the flour, your cookies will be hard.  So careful with your butter and measurements - they matter!  Also, on a side-note, you can substitute spread, but you want it to be at least 65% vegetable oil.

Once that's nice and mixed, add the oats, flour and whatever yummies you dreamed up last night.

I'm splitting mine into two batches and using chocolate chips in one and craisins in the other.

Mix it all in.

Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.

These are really awesome.

I really want one, but I don't have one.  Because the cookies monster won't get up this instant and find me one.  Granted, I always forget I want one when I'm out shopping, but it's totally the cookie monster's fault. *Sigh*  I make due with a tablespoon measuring scoop and a tablespoon.

I guess it works just fine.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until brown.
 Looks about right.

Yup, that's just right.

Now promptly remove them from the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack.  My cookie monster did get me one of those.  What a thoughtful cookie monster.

And speaking of cookie monsters,
There was a sighting of one on the couch.

Evidence indicates that the disappearing cookies from the wire rack were in his posession.

He looks a bit guilty, doesn't he?  Or happy?  I can't tell.  Maybe he's just content to be reading his book and eating cookies.  Who knows.  Cookie monsters are complex beings.

As are cookie monster wanna-be's.


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