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Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

27 Jan

We’re in the final days of Back-to-Healthy month (aka January), and we are still quite oatmeal-happy here in our kitchen.

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My new year’s non-resolution (no official resolutions here) was to eat a lot more oatmeal, a lot more often this year.  I haven’t exactly kept up with my one-bowl-a-day ambition, but healthful oats are finding their way into my everyday baking.

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True, true… these are cookies.  Cookies with chocolate, at that.  But, hey… they are also laden with robust old-fashioned oats.  Not the quick-cooking oats, but the good ol’ old-fashioned oats.  Heartier, chewier, and bigger oat-y taste senstation is the result.

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These are unbelievably scrumptious oatmeal cookies!  For one, they taste like chocolate.  Like a rich chocolate chip cookie with texture…soft in the center and lightly crisp at the edges.  For another, the use of old-fashioned oats give these cookies a satisfying chewiness that you can sink your happy sweet tooth into.

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies boast a perfect balance of sweetness with a bit of saltiness, loads of semi-sweet chocolate, and chock-full of natural oats.  Can this combo be any better?!  Oh, yes, they can – because these fab cookies naturally bake up nice and full, without spreading too much.  You can count on a perfectly thick, dense cookie that stays soft and chewy.  Just the way you like ’em. 🙂

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RECIPE (40-50 medium sized cookies)

INGREDIENTS

1 cup regular butter, softened just to room temp (not too soft)
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temp
1 TB vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 tsp ground cinnamon
3 cups rolled old-fashioned oats (not quick-cooking)
1 (12oz) bag semi-sweet chocolate morsels

DIRECTIONS

In the large bowl of stand mixer, cream together room-temp butter with the white and brown sugars, until fluffy.  Several minutes on medium-high should do it.  Beat in eggs one at a time.  Stir in vanilla.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.  Mix in the oats.  Gently work in the chocolate morsels until incorporated.  Dough may be thick and heavy.

Preheat oven to 350F, adjusting rack to lower-middle.  Keep cookie dough in fridge while waiting for oven.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Drop rounded balls of cookie dough, about the size of a walnut, 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.  Flatten each rounded ball to a 1/2 inch thick cookie.

Bake 8 minutes in preheated oven.  Cookies will seem underdone, but remove them from oven.  If you’re making much larger cookies, remove at 9 minutes.  The key is not to overbake.  They will set upon cooling.  Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet 5 minutes and transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.  Enjoy!

Source:  Chew Out Loud, adapted from allrecipes

Note:  If you want less salt, reduce to 1/2 tsp salt.  Cookies stay soft and chewy for a couple of days in airtight container.  They are best on the day they’re baked, but nobody complains about leftovers!  Cookie dough can be wrapped up tightly and kept in fridge for up to a week.

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Steel Cut Oatmeal ‘n Blueberry Muffins

22 Jan

January has one thing in common with September.  Both are “Back to…” months.  It’s “back to school” for September.  For January, we’re all “back to healthy.”  At least, in theory.   🙂

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Though my beloved family would agree that we enjoy our share of indulgent-worthy foods, we absolutely include lots of good-for-you stuff.  You know… just to even things out a bit.  Because we all adore oatmeal, we have a stash of various types of oatmeal.  My favorite is Steel Cut.  They are whole grain and minimally processed, so they’re more nutritious than other types of oatmeal.  They are also super delish!

Steel Cut Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

Ever make just a bit too much oatmeal?  I do that almost every time.  Oatmeal leftovers are…well, they aren’t exactly the same the next day.  No worries, because Steel Cut Oatmeal Muffins are here!

These are fantastic.  Steel Cut Oatmeal Muffins are tender, moist, and overflowing with good things!  You’ll feel great about these muffins first thing in the morning.  These are lightly sweet, chock full of blueberries, infused with warm cinnamon, and the best way to use up leftover oatmeal!

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I have only made these using steel cut oatmeal, so I can’t attest to how the muffins would turn out using other kinds of oatmeal.  If you haven’t tried Steel Cut oats, it’s SO worth the try!  Steel Cut oats are heartier and chewier, with delicious nuttiness and oatiness (not a real word.)

You might never go back to the old stand by, once you’ve had Steel Cut oats.  Enjoy!

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RECIPE (12 large muffins)

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
2 TB dry flax meal
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp table salt
1 TB ground cinnamon
2 large eggs, room temp
1/3 – 1/2 cup white sugar (depending on sweetness of berries)
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 TB vanilla extract
1 cup leftover, cooked steel cut oatmeal
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (if frozen, do not defrost)
Turbinado or coarse sugar for topping

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350F, positioning rack to middle or lower middle.  Oil or line 12 muffin cups.

Sift together the wheat flour, all purpose flour, flax meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  In separate bowl, beat together eggs and sugar until well incorporated.  Add buttermilk, olive oil, maple syrup, and vanilla, and mix well.  Mix in cooked oatmeal until incorporated.  Quickly fold in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.  Just gently fold from bottom up, until flour is no longer visible.  Do not overmix.  Some small lumps are okay.  Lastly, very gently fold in the blueberries.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling all the way to the top, as full as possible.  Sprinkle with coarse sugar.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out almost clean, with a few tender crumbs still attached.  Remove from oven and cool at least 10 minutes before removing from muffin tin.  Finish cooling on a rack.

Source:  Chew Out Loud, inspired by NY Times

Note:  These can keep a couple of days in airtight container at room temp.  They can also be frozen in airtight container for up to a month or two.

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