Oatmeal Cookies

I do not know what your story is when it comes to dieting! But as for me, like every other girl, I go through this phase of becoming conscious about my weight. I know very well that the only two universal solutions for weight-loss is ‘exercising’ and ‘dieting’. Trust me, as much I would like to do both, they are the hardest two words in my dictionary!

One among my several failure attempts to diet included a huge box of Quaker Oats. Just day dreaming about eating oats and losing Kgs felt wonderful. When in reality, I couldn’t get myself past two days of Oats breakfast. What two days of torture! And that’s when I decided.. Dieting is just not my cup of tea 😉

Thus Quaker Oats was soon erased from my memory!

A couple of months later, as I was cleaning my kitchen shelves, my eyes fell on the tall and mighty Quaker Oats box. I so badly wanted to empty it but didn’t know how. A friend of mine suggested I could make Oatmeal cookies. I felt that was a brilliant idea and went searching the net for the recipe. As always, I landed at Joy of Baking. The recipe was simple and the ingredients were very much available. I was so enthu about trying it out that I added an extra egg by accident. Thankfully the cookies tasted just as good as it should with just one egg!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Makes approx two dozens of large cookies!
Method
  • Preheat the oven to 180C and line two baking trays with butter paper.
  • With your hand mixer, mix the butter and sugar for a couple of minutes until creamy and smooth. To this add the vanilla essence and egg. Beat till combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture and beat until well combined.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips and oats.
  • Wet your hand, take 1/4 cup of batter and flatten it out with your fingers such that its 1/2 inch thick. Place each cookie two inches apart on the baking tray. 
  • Bake for 15 minutes until the edge of the cookies turn light golden brown. Note – it might still be soft and a little wet in the center. 
  • Remove from oven and allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.

Eggless Honey Walnut Cookies

It was last Saturday. I had absolutely no plans of baking or trying out something new. I just wanted to sit back and enjoy a lazy weekend. But just as I randomly glancing through my blog, I noticed some of my favorite blogs in the blogroll. One click after another I found myself carried away by the cookie recipes on Baking Bites. And that’s where I found this recipe. It required just a handful of ingredients and luckily I had them all. I wasted no time, rushed to the kitchen and within just minutes my cookies were ready 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (pref. light)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Method
  • Preheat the oven to 180C and line the oven tray with butter paper greased with butter. 
  • In a bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients – all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.
  • In an another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients – the oil, honey and vanilla essence.
  • Mix the dry ingredients with the wet using your hand until well combined.
  • Add the walnuts and see to it it is well distributed in the cookie dough.
  • Make 12 round balls and flatten it a little. Place it on the baking tray and bake for not more than 15 minutes until the cookies turn golden brown. 
  • Cool cookies on a cooling rack for an hour.
Note – The cookies may not appear fully done when you take it out of the oven. It will appear a little soft. But once it cools down it will harden!