Sunday, March 6, 2011

Favorite Cookie

Hi there, Reader (s)!
So, I've decided to start a blog! I'm only about 6 years late for the cool factor, but better late than never. I wanted to start this little thing to get myself back into writing and to share some of my favorite recipes and new ones I'm excited to try. I have several cookbooks to get through and plan on baking a ton. I've never written about preparing or eating different foods before, so this should be quite interesting.  I always find it helpful to read about a recipe that a regular ol' person has tried, and not just the cooks in Martha Stewart's kitchen.  Don't worry, you'll also get to read about the occasional kitchen/life disaster in here as well. 

My first recipe is going to be a breeze!! I decided to post my favorite cookie of all time. When I was in high school I tasted this amazing cookie that my Ma had made and I thought she was a baking genius after this cookie. Turns out she's not. She can just read the back of package labels. I was pretty disappointed that my favorite cookie was printed on the back of a Nestle Toll House wrapper, but then I tasted them again and I got over it.  Thanks for the cookie, Ma! So here is my very first blog post, hope you're able to try them! Happy baking....

Oatmeal Scotchies:

1 1/4  cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
1 2/3 cups butterscotch flavored morsels

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto greased baking sheets.
Bake for 9 to 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.  Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

So there are a few things I've learned about cookies that I want to share. I've made the mistake, more than once, of having the butter to soft. If it's to soft the cookies will spread out and not turn out as well. I always use unsalted butter in my cookies as well, even if it doesn't specify.  These cookies have oats in them and I find it easier to mix in the oats and morsels with a spatula or wooden spoon.  That way the dough doesn't get tough by over mixing it with the beaters.
Oh! I also use one of those handy ice cream scoopers to drop the cookies. That way they are all the same size and I find it to be less of a mess. It says to grease the baking sheets, but I think that using parchment paper is just as good and it is much easier to clean up. 


  1. Great to see your blog!!!! Will try the cookies!!!!!

  2. i guess the only way i am going to get your baked goods is to cook them myself!!! Can't wait to see more yummy recipes!