March 29, 2012 in Biscuits
Its pelting with rain this morning in Johannesburg
as I am busy writing this post – you can feel the chill in the morning air
these days with the approach of autumn.
I made these cookies on Tuesday evening convincing
myself that these are healthy as the main ingredient is oatmeal. There are
numerous recipes for oatmeal cookies and one I chose to make is from a cookbook
called Grandmother’s Cookbook by Carrie Gamble. According to Carrie this recipe
has been in her family for more than 100 years.
The origin of oats is still clouded but it has been
around Europe for more than 3000 years – and to quote from Samuel Johnson’s
dictionary, oats were defined as “eaten by people in Scotland, but fit
only for horses in England.” The Scotsman’s retort to this is,
“That’s why England has such good horses, and Scotland has such fine
Oats are recommended by nutritionists as it has the
highest protein content among cereals, can reduce blood cholesterol, contains
soluble fibre which keeps one’s stomach full for longer, blah blah blah etc – I made these cookies to satisfy my sweet
cravings while trying to maintain a healthy eating plan.
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar
3 Cups Oatmeal ( I ground 3 cups of oats in my coffee grinder to make the
1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
½ Cup Chopped Walnuts or Pecans
½ Cup Raisins
½ Cup Coconut
I added a teaspoon of vanilla essence and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder for some
Cream together sugar, butter and eggs until light and fluffy.
Add flour, oatmeal and baking soda.
Add nuts, raisins and coconut. Mix well.
Drop from a teaspoon on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 180 C degrees.
This recipe makes a big batch of cookies. These cookies are
delicious and very moreish – Rajen and I have almost demolished the lot already