The Best Cookies Ever
It has been awhile since I’ve posted a new baking recipe. But I currently don’t have a working oven (I live in a tiny camper trailer), so I can’t bake. However, I did bake cookies while visiting my parents on the way here, and I still have a bunch of them squirreled away in my freezer to tide me over. (Yes, Katie, I have had cookies for over 2 weeks now and haven’t finished them off– but one of the volunteers brings out fresh cookies or muffins at least every other day, so I’m pretty well provided for.)
But anyway, the cookies. They are, I think, some of the best cookies ever. They started as an oatmeal monster cookie recipe that I have modified greatly and added a ton of extra stuff to. So much stuff that they can almost be considered healthy cookies. They are the cookies I make the most (actually, if you are super observant you would have figured out that these photos were taken one time when I made them during the winter, in my apartment on the island.) In addition to from making them for my own consumption, I also like to take them with me to my various jobs so I can win over my new coworkers.
(makes about 30)
1 2/3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2-3 tbsp ground flaxseed, you can also mix it up with some whole seeds as well
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup or more semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips or chunks
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
2 tbsp sesame seeds
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, stir together oats, flour, ground flax, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar together. Mix in eggs. Partially blend in dry ingredients, then add chocolate, cranberries, and seeds and mix thoroughly. Drop by tablespoons onto baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned on edges. Cool on cooling racks.
This recipe is pretty forgiving, adjust the mix-ins to your liking. If you are a coconut person, throw some in. Sometimes I make it with just chocolate chips and cranberries, and add some sort of nut as well. If you add too much stuff, though, the cookies will be too dry and crumbly, so don’t go too crazy.
These have lots of fibre, antioxidants, magnesium, etc… seriously, your health depends on making these cookies. ;)
What’s your favourite kind of cookies to make (or eat)?
Have you ever used food to make friends?