When the leaves start falling with feeling and the temperatures threaten to frost the pumpkins, the soup kettle begins to simmer and the KitchenAid commences to whir. Gone are the dog days of summer when the barbecue grill is primed for many-a-meal and the urge to bake cookies and breads arises. Ah, the sweet smell of breads and cookies after an afternoon of raking leaves. Bliss. Sweet bliss.
I came upon an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe at Letters from a Hill Farm that had a different twist back in September. I filed it away to try on the perfect day, which arrived for me on Saturday. The late afternoon was nudging me to bake some cookies. Okay, it wasn’t just the afternoon nudging me. Hints had been floating by me as regularly as the falling leaves by a certain antler man, so, out came the mixer and the cookie sheets, on turned the oven, and soon heavenly scents were wafting throughout the house. We are enjoying them and Jennifer came by on Sunday and nibbled quite a few as well, taking some home for Jason to try. They remind me more of something like a granola bar (see how I can make cookies seem healthy?). The secret is in the oats, which are first toasted in browned butter before adding them to the dough. I thought you might like to try them, so here they are, chewy and sweet and just a bit different in texture.
Have you tried any new cookies or breads lately
baked a tried and true favorite?
Toasted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
3/4 cup butter
2 1/2 cups oatmeal (not instant, not large flakes)
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Melt butter until light brown. Do not burn.
Add oats and stir constantly until oats are golden and toasted.
Remove from heat and cool thoroughly.
Combine egg, sugar, and vanilla and beat until light.
Mix dry ingredients and add to egg mixture, along with oatmeal.
Add chocolate chips.
Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet and bake in preheated 350º oven 8-10 minutes or until golden.