Thursday, July 27, 2006

Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

This is a family recipe that has been around for a long time, so I apologize, I don't know where it comes from originally.

The best memory with these cookies is actually a time they were inedible - my Mom misread the ingredients and put too much salt, and sent them to me at camp where they looked great but nobody would eat them.

Sometimes when I want an easy cookie, these beat out the regular chocolate chip. Don't leave the chocolate chips out, the cocoa powder itself doesn't lend to a chocolatey enough cookie.

Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup butter (I always use half margarine, half butter for texture)
1 egg
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla (I usually double it or use double strength vanilla)
1 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups quick oats (although old fashioned make them chewier)
1 package (2 cups) chocolate chips*

Heat oven to 350 F. Cream sugar and butter. Mix in egg, water, and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes (I had to do 14).

*If you don't care about super chocolateyness, you can substitute any kind of chip. I have used peanut butter and mint before with success (not at the same time!).

Categories: Chocolate, Cookies

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Peach Cardamom Cobbler

Peach Cardamom Cobbler
Originally uploaded by watchjennybake.
I adapted a few cobbler recipes to make this. The use of cardamom made it really special!

So here it is:

Peach Cardamom Cobbler

3 lbs fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
1 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
2 tsp ground cardamom
1/3 cup margarine
1/3 cup butter

Preheat oven to 375. Grease or spray a 9x13 pan.

Prepare peaches and layer in pan. Combine remaining ingredients and sprinkle over peaches. Bake until golden brown and peaches are bubbling, 35-40 minutes.

Categories: Peaches, Baked Fruit

Monday, July 24, 2006

First post

I was talking a lot about baking and cooking in my regular blog and decided to move it to one place. Here it will be!