Oatmeal Walnut Raisin Cookies !

Hi there!

After way too long, I’m finally back with another post. I decided to make some cookies and, as always, sticking to the original recipe seemed just too boring. So I adapted a recipe from Esther Brody’s masterpiece, 500 Best Cookies, Bars & Squares.

And who knew my 3 brothers would love these cookies so much, although they hate raisins! I ended up making two batches (#bigfamilyproblems).

Although the original recipe calls for 1 1/4 cups sugar (Esther Brody is American), I chose to use only 1/2 cup of sugar and they were still sweet enough! I also used raisins instead of chopped walnuts, because that was simply what I had on hand.

I hope you make them as well, I would love to hear about your first impressions!

 

oatmeal walnut raisin cookies

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla (I strongly suggest really good quality extract!)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp ground walnuts/almonds

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in egg until incorporated. Stir in vanilla, maple syrup and milk and mix well. Add flour mixture and ground walnuts; mix well. Fold in raisins.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls (15 mL), about 2 inches (5 cm) apart, onto prepared cookie sheet. Using your hand or the back of a spoon, press down slightly to flatten. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.

Please note: This recipe is an adaptation of the following recipe: Esther Brody, 500 Best Cookies, Bars & Squares. Robert Rose Inc: 2004. pg. 25.

 

 

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A day in my life

 

Hey there! 🙂

What have you been up to? I spent the morning working around the house, doing chores. Dull holiday days here in Europe, followed by a mediocre lunch.  Hours passing by too slowly, until I came across the very movie Julie and Julia! Meryl had completely amazed me the day before in The Iron Lady, and trust me, that doesn’t happen often. So I decided to download this masterpiece, dedicated to cooking. I’m not American, so I was completely unaware of the fact that Julie Child is the author of a well-known American cookbook. I was angry – how could I’ve been so ignorant all these years (although I’ve only lived 19)?! But the thought of watching one of my favourite actors play in a movie about one of my favourite subjects lightened my spirits. How could I say no to that? And, I know, I know, I eat way too much after watching such movies… So I hesitated at first. But hey? Why not? 😀

julie and julia

 

The movie was a revelation. Such enthusiasm, such willingness to perfect a dish! First I thought: yet another ridiculous movie, in which some ignorant AMERICANS try to comparetheircooking to the FRENCH cuisine. Who ever heard of such a thing? They don’t stand a chance!:D And yet, I proved to be wrong. I guess I underestimated them.

It reminded me of my deep-down dream to one day, truly, become a great cook. I’m probably the only girl withlow career expectations. I’d be satisfied with a standard job, if only I had a loving husband and children to live with and the time to master the art of cookery. At least I think so.

So what was I saying? Oh yes. The movie. It literally inspired me instantly. I went off to bake some delicious cookies. And not just any cookies. Cinnamon mocha cookies. First time making these and I’m already in love. And believe it or not, it was an American recipe. Ironic, don’t you think? I’m such a hypocrite. 😀

And after that, I googled Julia Child, found this book of memoirs called My Life in France and started reading. I don’t know, where I found the strength to put it down. So ya, I want to get back to reading that. Now. So obsessed… 😀

Have a great day, where ever you are, and I hope to hear from you in the comments section. Are you familiar with Julie Child? Have you tried any of her recipes? Do you share my dreams?

 

Barbara (: