Thursday, October 14, 2010

Me Want Cookie!

Some days a girl just needs a break. Maybe stresses from a micro-managing boss have taken their toll on her. Maybe a toxic friend has made one too many stabby stabs at her back. Maybe her man candy's sugar coating has cracked to reveal the true loser inside. Whatever it may be, sometimes it's time to call it a day, kick off her heels, and sink into the couch. Maybe if this girl is you, you need a big glass (or a bottle) of Pinot Noir to complete the picture. Me? I need a big glass of milk. And a cookie.

Today I just had to bake some cookies. The unopened bags of Halloween candy were beckoning me, but I knew the guilt of robbing trick or treaters of their due would outweigh the joy of stuffing my gob with Laffy Taffy. And alas, somehow my pantry is void of dark chocolate chips. I know, it's a tragedy! So I turned to my girlfriend best suited for times of need, my rock: Betty Crocker. Homegirl never lets me down.

Whole Grain Oatmeal Cookies
adapted from the Betty Crocker Cookbook

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. loosely packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbls. milk
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup whole grain cereal flakes (Total, bran flakes, etc.)
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter and sugars. Beat in egg, vanilla, and milk. Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix until just combined. Fold in cereal, oats, and raisins with a wooden spoon. Use a teaspoon or one inch cookie scoop to drop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet two inches apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until set. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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These cookies are healthy enough to let you eat several without feeling the need to take a Hot Yoga Class, but chewy and sweet enough to be comforting. Make a double batch!

And. Random Question. Do you guys think I should make my photos bigger? I'm torn.

This post is linked to:
Simple Lives Thursday, Family Food Friday, Wholesome Whole FoodsFriday Potluck, and Vegetarian Foodie Fridays


girlichef said...

I know those days!! These sound like the perfect cure. I like bigger photos so I can drool more...but it's all personal preference. Give it a go..see what kinda feedback you get. You can always eat a cookie and change your mind ;)

Beth said...

I never buy my Halloween candy until the 30th (preferably 31st)! There's no way I could keep it closed that long.

Kat said...

I like your photo layouts but I do love bigger photos. On another note those look awesome! I want some!

Kirby said...

Gotta love that dang Betty Crocker, she never steers us wrong! Ha!

Vic said...

def. we deserve a break...those are super fab:) enjoy the weekend!

Miz Helen said...

Your cookie recipe looks great. I will put it on my "to cook" list.
Thank you for sharing.

Michele@FitFoodista said...

Boy oh boy have I ever had the "gotta have a cookie" days! Good old Betty is a great stand-by isn't she? I might have had to send my teenager on a mission to the store for those dark chocolate chips or maybe butterscotch :)

Melodie said...

These remind me of when I was little. These are just the kind of thing my mom would make us. I will definitely be bookmarking these for future reference.

Satakieli said...

Oh I know those "gotta have cookies" days... I've had plenty myself!

These look great!

Lisa said...

I know what you mean. Baking makes everything better somehow, especially since you get to have a treat.

Joanne said...

with all of these exams I've been having I find myself basically always needing cookies. these for sure sound like the perfect bad day cure.

Merut said...

I agree, cookies are good therapy. I even think that making the cookies are better therapy than eating them. But I guess it would be a draw.

Jessica Gardner said...

I TOTALLY have those days. I normally go for wine (it's quicker) but I like that these won't make me feel bad after I eat them, due to their whole grainyness.
I am glad you started doing bigger pics. Can see your yummy food up close.