crunchy oatmeal (raisin) cookies!

By , September 25, 2007 11:30 am

i like to make cookies – they’re a classic case of throw everything in, stir and stick in oven. in short, quite difficult to get wrong. in fact, if it goes wrong, it usually is the recipe’s fault :p

some people like the doughy sorta cookies – not a hit with me cos i was brought up to relate crunchy with cookies. but of course if you have a fantabulous recipe that might change my mind, feel free to send them over 🙂

here’s my all time favourite (they were a hit when i made them last christmas for my colleagues and friends!) So accordingly, this recipe makes quite alot of cookies. Give most of them away – your friends will appreciate it 🙂

3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup castor/fine sugar
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (i use Crisco)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 large egg
3 cups rolled oats
2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup raisins, packed (only if u like raisins)

Preheat oven to 170C (it’s impt to do so cos you need the oven to be at this temp before anything goes in)

In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugars, butter, shortening, salt, baking powder, cinnamon powder and vanilla until it’s smooth.

Next, beat in the egg.

Add the flour first then the oats. (Some people CANNOT use a beater to mix in flour. I can and i do… you can just press the flour into the creamy mixture too :D)

Stir in the raisins.

The dough is ready! Quite easy right? It gets easier.

Scoop a small ball of dough with a tablespoon and roll it into a ball. Put that on the baking sheet and use the palm of ur hands to press it til it’s quite flat and round. think famous amos cookie type of height.

Repeat with the rest of the dough.

Bake for about 20mins. They’re supposed to be crunchy so dont take them out until they’re golden brown. The orange light in your oven can be quite deceiving…



Desserts are fattening.

By , September 18, 2007 6:32 pm

I hate to rain on everybody’s parade since it’s post one of day one. But i have to be a responsible deliverer of recipes – desserts ARE fattening. (oh have you heard? my blog’s gonna be quite hot – the oven sorta hot hehe) 

The honest truth is that it’s hard to resist temptations of the chocolate and cake (or both) sort. A few years back, i tried valiantly to say no to ANY empty calories and what happened was the stuff my face sessions eventual submission to my cravings that probably packed more calories than if i had just given in when i felt like it. So why put yourself thru my hell?

My tip – the all important M word.

No, M is not for enough Money to diet afterwards. I meant Moderation.

French people keep remarkably slim. But their desserts are uber sinful. How do they do it? Why are their desserts always so small and expensive? ah…… are you connecting the lines to the dots yet?

To put it plainly (and i have to because this is the disclaimer post before the recipes posts), desserts ARE fattening BUT not if you keep them little. remember – DO NOT DEFY THE LAW OF M.

I’m also here to solicit good recipes so please feel free to post your favourites… I”ll even post pictures of how they turn out in my hands(yes, even if i fail *cross my heart*) so please keep this very interactive!!

Oh and i forgot – WELCOME TO MY PAGE!

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