Saturday, August 27, 2011
The World's Best Guy Oatmeal Cookies
Trust me, this will be easy -- there are only 5 ingredients.
First, turn the oven on to 375 degrees.
Now, you put these things in a bowl and mix them up:
1 + 1/3 cups of flour
2 + 1/2 cups of rolled oats
About the oats: Not the instant kind and not the 5 minute kind - just the real old-fashioned rolled oat kind.
Next, you use a 2 cup glass measuring cup:
Measure in 3/4 cup of cooking oil (I use Wesson canola oil).
Use the same glass measuring cup and pour in, on top of the oil,
3/4 cup maple syrup
You know you have 3/4 cup of syrup in when the line shows 1 +1/2 cups of liquids. That's heavy duty math for me but then I'm the kind of guy that has to say to myself "Big into Little means percent." Yes, I was a financial planner in my previous life. Don't ask.
About the syrup: Not the pancake kind but the real kind, the expensive kind. I get mine at CostCo.
Then add 1 Tablespoon (the big spoon) of vanilla to the oil-syrup mix.
Sort of whip that stuff around with a fork and pour it over the dry stuff and stir them up.
Now wait about 2 minutes for the dough to stiffen up. While you are waiting, put parchment paper on your two cookies sheets. If you don't want it to roll up, fold the 4 corners in. Blob the dough down into 24 cookies and bake them for ABOUT 13-15 minutes, or until there is just a little bit of brown showing at the edges.
When you take them out of the oven just slide them onto the layers of newspaper you've set on the counter. No need to make any more dishes messy by getting out some sort of cooling rack. Notice that this recipe messes up a minimum amount of dishes. If you think using parchment paper is expensive, just consider that you'll be saving on your water bill because you don't have to wash the cookie sheets.
I'm not promising you'll have success right away with this recipe - we fiddled with the amount of flour and the cooking time for about 8 batches before we got what we liked. You can also add some salt, we don't. Or add raisins or chocolate chips or any other decadent thing your heart desires. Just remember, there are oats in those cookies so they must be good for you!