Tonight I decided to take a big step. I walked into my kitchen prepared to make my very first batch of cookies with a recipe I created. *gulp!* I did some research, looked up some recipes, and pulled bits of information from them to create my very own Frankenstein…in cookie form.
Back when I was deciding on a name for this lovely blog, I figured that at some point I would have to blog about a complete and utter failure. I decided on “Between a rock & a hobby” so I would have 2 labels for my different “experiements”. We’d have the hobby for those things that went well and could happen again (thus creating a “hobby”) and we’d have the rock for the things that just didn’t turn out so well. I was convinced these cookies would be my very first rock. Dan says I’m wrong. Whoo hoo!
3/4 cup coconut oil
1 TBSP honey
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups oats
3/4 cup craisins
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1. Heat up about 2 cups of water and pour over craisins. The internet told me this will make them much more plump. I would assume this is a desirable trait for craisins in cookies.
2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
3. Measure out the coconut oil and heat in microwave for about 20 seconds.
4. Stare into the microwave because you have no clue if this was a good idea.
5. Notice that 20 seconds was long enough to soften up the coconut oil and make a bit of it liquidy…perfect.
6. Combine coconut oil, brown sugar, honey, eggs, baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and 1 TBSP of the water from the craisins. (Also contemplate if that was a good idea.) Blend with mix master until smooth. FYI the consistency of this is different from other cookies I have made.
7. Slowly add in flour. Continue blending until mixed in.
8. Add in the oats, craisins, and chips.
9. Try mixing in with a spatula, but give up and use your hands instead.
10. Drop spoonfuls of mix on to greased cookie sheets and bake for about 15 minutes.
Me: I think something is missing…but I can’t figure out what it is. Part of me thinks it’s the butter. I replaced the butter with coconut oil because I was aiming to make a “healthier” cookie. Don’t get me wrong, they are still good. In fact, I’ve had three already…and they came out of the oven only an hour ago. It just leaves me wanting…something. More cinnamon? Some nutmeg? I’m not sure. If you figure it out, feel free to let me know.
Dan: He’s raving about them. He loves them. Apparently they are really soft and have a great consistency. I was pleading with him to help me figure out what was missing. He looked at me, shrugged, and said “more chocolate chips?” Somehow I don’t think that would help the “healthy” factor, but more power to you if you’d like to add more.
**Note: I was able to make 42 cookies from this recipe. Each cookie is approximately 98 calories.
***EDIT: I change my mind. I really like these cookies. Like really, really. I do have a plan to try and make these cookies with the addition of cinnamon flavored applesauce.