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Delicious Oatmeal Cookies

For me, the process of cooking has always been something special. It is a way to escape from different thoughts and to just “switch” to something different. When various textures, flavors, and aromas are mixed together, everything stays in the background, and the most important thing remains – thats the food. 

What can I tell you about baking? There is something magical in the fact that even just combining flour and liquid and a little effort to knead the dough, this sticky, viscous mass which will probably strive to creep into something shapeless, eventually will turn into a fluffy, aromatic and very tasty bread. “Cinderella” story, nothing else. And it’s incremental: the more components to the recipe, the more magical the transformation. In the oven, under the action of heat and vacuum, the dough rises, covers with a golden brown crust and gets full of crazy good flavor. It’s a true magic!

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Something About Cookies

But today’s topic is cookies. Very simple oatmeal cookies, just the way I see and love them. I know this recipe is not very traditional for the USA. It might even seem a little strange. But believe me, these oatmeal cookies are perfect with their slightly crunchy texture, pleasant smell with some barely perceptible cinnamon, and mild, balanced taste. What’s the catch? 

Let’s first talk about oats. Some statistics here: oatmeal is a source of “complex” carbohydrates, it normalizes the blood sugar levels, helps lower cholesterol concentration and improves cardiac performance. Oatmeal is also rich in vitamins (В1, В2, В6, РР, Е) and minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc). What not to love here?

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Liquid ingredients: 50 grams unsalted butter, 40 grams sour cream, 20 grams honey (pref'd light), 2 grams ground cinnamon, 1 egg.

So what’s in the recipe? I purposefully do not use a large amount of sugar and butter, compared with regular recipes. In my recipe, the amount is reduced by half, so the cookies are not so sweet and also I don’t feel guilty for the couple extra cookies I eat. The rest is pretty simple. 

Liquid ingredients are mixed together and added to the dry ones, 3 minutes for forming the cookies, then they go into the oven for 20 minutes. And trust me, you won’t forget about them, as they will fill every corner of your home with a mind blowing smell almost immediately. Enjoy!

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Dry Ingredients: 180 grams oat flour, 125 grams sugar, 70 grams all-purpose flour, 7 grams baking powder.

Process

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). In a medium bowl whisk together egg and sugar until pale and creamy.

  • Step 2

    Melt butter in microwave and keep cool to room temperature, then add honey and sour cream, mix well.

  • Step 3

    Stir into eggs mixture, whisk to combine.

  • Step 4

    In a medium bowl whisk together both types of flours, baking powder and cinnamon.

  • Step 5

    Add eggs and honey mixture and stir well, with spatula until smooth dough forms. Using your wet hands, mould 1 tablespoons of cookie mixture into a flat round.

  • Step 6

    Place on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper, leaving room to spread. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

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When baking cookies, the final texture depends on the texture of the used oats. Rule of thumb: the finer the grind, the smoother the texture of the cookies. If you use large flakes, the cookies will be crumbly. My option is using oat flour - very easy to make in a regular blender.

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  • Fedro Khallan

    Such a great post Oxana! Keep it up!

    • Oxana Nigmatulina

      Thank you Fedro!