Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Calming Powers of Cookies

Alternately titled, "Stress Baking."

Oatmeal Scotchies
from Very Best Baking

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  •  ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 1 2/3 cup (11-oz package) butterscotch chips

1.       Preheat oven to 375.
2.       Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in small bowl.
3.       Beat butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla in large mixing bowl.
4.       Gradually beat in flour mixture.
5.       Stir in oats and chips.
6.       Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

OR do what I did…

1.       Grease (/spray with Pam cooking spray) 15”x10” jelly roll pan (AKA cookie sheet).
2.       Prepare dough as above.
3.       Use your hands to spread into the pan.
4.       Bake for 18-22 minutes or until light brown.
5.       Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
6.       Cut into squares/rectangles/whatever.

My mom used to make these all the time, and they were never, ever in "cookie" form - always bars. So that's what makes sense to me. I know that any cookie can be done in either manner, but for me, chocolate chip cookies are always in "cookie" form, and oatmeal scotchies are always in bars. They taste better that way, swear.


Caitlin said...

YAY! Yum. :) Family recipes are the best. I am definitely going to try these! E's family has a recipe that they call "Butterscotch Bars", kind of like a kicked up blondie. Very similar, but so good!

Elizabeth said...

uhh yummm! gonna have to bookmark this recipe for my next stress-induced baking episode :)

Lindsay said...

I love blondies! These do remind me of those, but I like the addition of the oats. A little extra sumthin'!

Lindsay said...

Glad I'm not the only crazy person who stress bakes... ;)