Mom Mind fast forwards to after school treat. It is the first day after all, cookies it shall be. They adore the oatmeal raisin. Thus comes my confession, I'm not too fond of them. In fact there is no hankering here for a cookie whose ingredients qualify as boring breakfast item.
Mom Mind again compels me to bake them the oatmeal raisin. Perhaps I can find one that exists where the contents would appeal to me, as well. Is that even possible?
famous working kitchen's style, took me though a detailed drill on the making of a foolproof Ultimate Oatmeal Cookie. There it was on page 466, that I found the new breed of oatmeal cookie, one that would make my head spin and my tastebuds do the happy dance. Sans cloying cinnamon, complete with real old fashioned oats, this one had a doozy of unconventional, tastefully scandalous ingredients.
Now shall we discuss the multiple achievement those ingredients accomplished? Through the maintaining of a crisp exterior, the Ultimate One housed a chewy interior which in itself was moist and chunkily textured. Most importantly, this Olympian of a cookie led to my resolute conversion.
I'll let you in on the other noteworthy task Ultimate effortlessly hurdled. It straddled the divide by not only being a resounding child pleaser, but also an elegant adult treat. Can it get any better than this? Yes. With the colossal stick and a half of butter, it transcends beyond the great.
The recipe makes for 16 subtantial chunksters. The same amount that should've been awaiting my very eager kids returning home from their first day, if it weren't for the sad fact that a few may have slipped through the portals of my mouth. Judge me not, people. Go bake and see for yourself.
(Recipe adapted from "The Complete America's Test Kitchen Cookbook")
- 1¼ c all purpose flour
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1¼ c old-fashioned oats
- 1 c chopped walnuts
- 1 c dried sour cherries
- ¾ c semisweet chocolate chunks or chips (preferably Ghirardelli)
- 1½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 1½ c packed brown sugar, golden brown
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment.
- In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a smaller bowl mix together oats, nuts, cherries and chocolate chips.
- On medium speed, beat butter and sugar in a stand mixer until creamy and smooth.
- Add the egg and vanilla and take speed down to medium- low to beat for not more than a minute.
- Decrease mixer speed to low, slowly add in the flour and beat until just blended, 30 seconds.
- Incorporate oat mixture and mix on low until just combined.
- Stir the dough one last time using hand to integrate all ingredients.
- Take ¼ cup measure from the dough and roll roughly into a ball shape. Repeat for approximately 16 balls.
- Reel the balls onto baking sheets.
- Press down each sphere until flattened to thickness of 1 inch.
- Set sheets in upper middle and lower middle racks of oven.
- Bake for **20 minutes, rotating sheets halfway between, edges will be golden brown but the center will be soft and slightly mushy.
- Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, this ensures a final cooking on the pans themselves.
- Transfer cookies onto wire racks to cool completely.
**Update 12/19/2014~ I recently had to bake these for less than 15 minutes, app 14 and they turned out perfect, crisp, exterior and soft chewy middle. It worked as written in 20 minutes the number of times previous to this, but now I have a new oven and live in higher altitude, so I assume these must contribute for for the shorter bake time. I apologize, but do your time adjustments accordingly :-)
I used ¼ tsp salt instead of the recipe's recommendation for ½ tsp, substituted chopped walnuts for the pecans (almonds would also work great). I also added in ¼ c of white chocolate chips in half the recipe along with reducing the semisweet which I didn't mention above (a good addition, as well).
******Priceless, because you are ~
"You are valuable because you exist. Not because of what you do or what you have done, but simply because you are". ~Max Lucado