C is for Cookie

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a nice, enjoyable weekend. Mine was particularly busy for no particular reason. I guess I don’t do much socializing on the weekdays due to my commuting so I try to cram in a lot on the weekends. It doesn’t spell out rest and relaxation but as the old saying goes “you can sleep when your dead”.

On Friday I met up with some university friends and we went to this super neat bar Spincalled Spin. If your from Toronto, this place is on the corner of King and Spadina. Basically this is a bar… filled with Ping Pong Tables! Yup, you heard me right. Ping Pong. You rent a table for an hour at a time and go nuts! Drinks were flowing, pub food was being enjoyed and pong was being played! My friend Peter invented this great game where 6 of us could play at a time. It was such a blast! Skipping ahead to Sunday for a moment, I read The Lovely Bones this weekend. It was a quick and easy read and super emotional but I also found it wildly frustrating in a lot of ways. Keep your eyes peeled for a book review!

Anyway, back to Saturday! I was working at the Opera house in the afternoon. Basically my role is to engage with the opera goers, ask them their thoughts on the show and give them information about the upcoming season. It’s actually kind of fun because I love talking to people but it makes for a long day because the opera we currently have playing is 5 hours long! So I do my job during pre-show and intermission but while the opera is playing I am chillin. After work I had plans for a girls night sleepover. However, when I woke up on Saturday morning I had this strong desire, no, this strong need to bake cookies. Considering the kitchen disaster that I created on Thursday morning, you would think I would be avoiding the kitchen like the plague. But no, I was compelled to bake and bake I did. I am a big lover of oatmeal chip cookies. The chewey-gewey mixture is pure heaven. So I adapted a recipe from Radiant Dust. Shena, the author of Radiant Dust, claims that these are the best oatmeal chip cookies EVER! And I could not agree more. These were a huge hit with Lucas and with my friends at the girls night. In the future I am going to use different types of chips and maybe even add some raisins! See below for the recipe and find my adaptations in pink!

Super Addicting Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened — I used salted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar — I didn’t have a full cup so I used extra white sugar to compensate
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt — In hindsight I should have cut this because I used salted butter. Now I know for next time. 
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats — I only used 2 1/2, it all depends on preference.
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or mint chocolate chips, or dark chocolate chips, or white chocolate chips… let your imagination run wild…) — I used 3/4 cup of white chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of peanut butter chips — It was a pretty delicious combo!

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in the quick oats, and chips. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. (I miss-read the instruction about heaping spoonfuls and made really, REALLY big spoonfuls which resulted in giant cookies! Not a bad thing but it increased my baking time by at least 5 minutes)
  3. Bake for 11-12 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. (Note: a rookie mistake is to leave the cookies in the oven for longer since they may not appear to be “done” at 11 or 12 minutes. Don’t leave them in! They will continue baking on the hot baking sheet once you remove them from the oven.)
  4. Eat at least one cookie warm. It’s okay to accidentally ruin one with the spatula while transporting it from the baking sheet to the cooling rack. This is your “test” cookie and should be taste-tested in order to ensure that the rest of the batch is good.
  5. Eat the rest of the cookies for dinner. (I did follow this instruction… but I was at a sleepover with friends so I had help and it was totally appropriate).
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