Sunday, November 1, 2009

Don't Like Oatmeal Cookies? Then Try My Oatmeal Everything Cookies Recipe.

oatmeal everything cookies

I love cooking for Jeff. He's open to trying new food. He's not fussy. And he likes virtually everything. That is, except Shepherd's pie (can't say I blame him); broccoli (unless it's made with bacon or prosciutto); and oatmeal cookies (that's just inexplicable). I mean, really, who doesn't like oatmeal cookies? Jeff. That is, until he tasted my Oatmeal Everything Cookies.

I'm not entirely sure why, but I wanted him to like oatmeal cookies, maybe as much as I do. To me, not liking oatmeal cookies is sad; it's like missing out on something special. So I was determined to make an oatmeal cookie that Jeff liked. Really, really liked.

Batch #1: Oatmeal, Raisin, and Apricot Cookies

Jeff bites into the cookie and frowns slightly.

Me: "What? You don't like them?"

Jeff: "Well, they're good but they don't taste like a cookie."

Me: "What do you mean they don't taste like a cookie?"

Jeff: "They taste too healthy."

Batch #2: Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, and Walnut Cookies

Jeff bites into the cookie.

Jeff: "Mmmm.... You put chocolate in this batch. These are much better."

Me: "See, I told you you'd like oatmeal cookies."

Jeff: "But those were walnuts, huh? You know what would be even better? Pecans."

Batch #3: Oatmeal Everything Cookies

Jeff: "Another batch of oatmeal cookies? Wow! What's in them this time?"

Me: "Not walnuts."

He takes a bite, and smiles slowly, then pushes the rest of the cookie into his mouth.

Jeff: "These rock! Seriously, what's in them?"

Me: "Everything."

Jeff: "Hey, that's what you should call them. Oatmeal Everything Cookies."

oatmeal everything cookies

Oatmeal Everything Cookies
Makes approximately 40 cookies.
Print recipe only here.

Feel free to substitute your favorite add-ins. After all, they are "oatmeal everything cookies."

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried tart cherries
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, stir oats, flours, baking soda, salt. and cinnamon.

3. In a medium bowl, combine butter and sugars. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until just combined. Beat in the dry ingredients. Stir in the cherries, chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans.

4. Drop 1 heaping tablespoon of cookie dough 2 inches apart (as they will spread) on the parchment-lined baking sheets.

5. Bake cookies for 18 minutes, or until golden brown all over. Transfer to a rack to cool. Cool completely before storing and place in an air-tight container.

Here are more cookie recipes from Food Blogga you might enjoy:
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cranberries, Raisins, and Pecans 
Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti

Here are more oatmeal cookies I'd like to try:
Carrot Oatmeal Cookies recipe at 101 Cookbooks
Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies recipe at Dragon's Kitchen
Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies recipe at Passionate About Baking
Pumpkin Oatmeal Drop Cookies recipe at Kitchen Gadget Girl Cooks
Oatmeal, Browned Butter, Pecan Praline Cookies recipe at Cookie Madness

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