Wednesday, January 6, 2010

They're practically health food.

The other day I told Hank I was done baking for a while after a slew of holiday cooking and baking events. I made it 5 days.

These have 3 whole cups of oats in them which makes them practically health food, right? These Oatmeal Crispies are thin and crispy with a bit of chew to them--Hank's favorite kind of cookie. "These are amazing! I love the texture! " he said with his mouth full. The Boss instantly pointed out the error in his manners.

If you need someone to keep you in check with your new year's resolutions, The Boss is your girl. Just tell her the rule and she'll quickly point out when you break it. Let's not talk about how she follows the rules. We best just move on to the recipe.
Oatmeal Crispies
The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
also found on her website here

A few things: I don't generally have shortening on hand and prefer to use butter anyway so that's what I used. I also added about 1/2 cup of butterscotch chips to half of the dough before forming the logs. You can add anything you want to these, but I knew someone in this house would go crazy for the butterscotch.

1 cup shortening (I used 2 sticks of unsalted butter)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1½ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped

In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening (or butter) with both sugars until well combined.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs together. Add vanilla and stir to combine. Add to the shortening/sugar mixture and mix well.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt and baking soda. Mix carefully into the egg/shortening mixture until well combined. Now add the quick oats and mix well again. Finally add the finely chopped pecans and mix well to combine.

Divide the dough in half and place each half of the dough onto a sheet of waxed paper. Roll the dough into a log and then wrap it tightly in the waxed paper. Now you can either chill or freeze the dough until later or you can go ahead and slice the dough evenly into cookie rounds.

When you are ready to bake them place them on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (I found my cookies needed about 13 minutes) until they are golden brown.

Allow cookies to rest on the cookie sheet for a few minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

1 comment:

jen said...

Oh, good...they're healthy...cuz I've eaten a few and now I'm the only person in the house awake with the rest of my supply. They are buttery delicious!