Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sweet & Simple Bakes' Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip Cookies - hearty and completely addictive

OK, so I'm excited about this one. Not because it's a Chocolate Chip cookie (which is a favourite in our house) but because it's for my very first virtual bake party! Sweet & Simple Bakes is a blog set up by two ladies who are passionate about baking and wish to promote the art. Rosie and Maria present a recipe each month and everyone is invited to bake along. I'll not spoil the fun here, so click on the links to find out more.

My official flour 'stir-it-up' guy

The cookie itself was very, very good. I followed the recommended recipe almost to the T. Just full of oatmeal, which makes it hearty. I substituted a small handful of choc chips for raisins, and that brought just the right balance of sweet/fruity. I expected it to spread more while baking, and so increased the baking time to accommodate the mass. This resulted in a harder cookie than I would have liked, and will remember to shorten the baking time next time. This will definitely be a common feature in our house.

Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Butter 110g (4oz), softened
Caster sugar 110g (4oz)
Soft brown sugar 110g (4oz)
Egg 1
Water 2 tbsp
Vanilla extract 1 tsp
Porridge oats (rolled oats) 250g (9oz)
Self-raising flour 110g (4oz)
Salt 1 level tsp
Chocolate chips, raisins or chopped nuts 110g (4oz)

Preheat the oven to 180oC (350oF), Gas Mark 4. Cream the butter in a large bowl or in an electric food mixer until soft. Add the sugars and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the egg, water and vanilla extract while still beating. Reduce the speed and gently mix in the oats, flour, salt and raisins to form a dough. Using your hands, roll the dough into walnut sized balls and place slightly apart on two baking trays. Bake in the oven for 12-25 minutes or until light golden brown but still slightly soft in the centre. Allow to cool on the trays for a minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool.


  1. Illona, welcome to Sweet and Simple Bakes!

    Your cookies turned out delish.

    Thanks for taking part and hope you will join us in our next bake.


  2. It's very very fun to do. You can be sure I'll be looking out for the next bake.

  3. Hi Illona, a very warm welcome to Sweet & Simple Bakes and SO nice to *meet* you!!

    Your cookies look divine - well done!!

    Thanks so much for taking part this month and I do hope you will join us again next month.

    Rosie x

  4. Oh yum, raisin and choc chip! How wonderful! My next batch are going to be fruity versions, you've given me a hankering for raisins! :D

    It was my first Sweet and Simple Bake event too. Certainly won't be my last, as I hope yours won't be :)

    Katie xox

  5. The cookies have turned out so well! Looks so mouth-watering :)

  6. those cookies look so good.LOL the little baker is so cute :)

  7. Thanks everyone for visiting me and leaving a note!

    Rosie - thanks for having me. Yes, provided nothing out of the ordinary happens, I'll be there for the next bake.

    Katiecakes - yes, raisins are great too. And a chance to sneak in some fruit into the kids' diet. Heehee..

    Uma - looks good, tastes good too.

    Sweetiepie - little baker loves to watch me bake. He wants to move from flour to eggs. Err.. maybe later.

  8. Wow I wish I can visit china. It is a shopping paradise.

    I had great fun making this cookies too. I left it longer in the oven to achieve a crispier texture too. Yum.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog.


  9. Your cookies look great. Thanks for stopping by my blog!


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