This was the second time that I made these cookies but this time didn’t go as smoothly as the first. So what this tells me…I should have documented the first batch for this blog! Oh well, I didn’t. I’m not perfect. I still served the cookies at a party and people still ate them. So what this tells me…don’t judge a cookie by its crumbled mess appearance.
I had a bunch of oatmeal that I wasn’t eating, so I decided to look for an oatmeal cookie recipe. I originally wanted a recipe that would hold up like a thumbprint cookie so that I could put the Orange marmalade jam in the middle. It didn’t quite work this way but they tasted good, so I consider it sort of successful? But it was a bit of a Marma-failed oatmeal cookie batch.
I ended up adapting a Pinterest recipe for Apple Oatmeal Cookies but I didn’t add apples. I’m sure it would be great if I followed exactly.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 and 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 medium apple (peeled, cored, and chopped into small pieces). I didn’t use this. Instead I used orange marmalade to top the cookies like a glaze.
Instructions from the livewell bake often recipe:
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
Using a handheld mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until smooth. Add in the egg and vanilla, making sure to mix well after each ingredient.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Mix in the oats, then the chopped apple until fully combined. (I left the apple out)
Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes. I had the dough in the fridge for a couple of hours but for my warm house, I learned that it was better to freeze the dough. My second batch was baked with frozen dough and they came off the cookie sheet without difficulty.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silipat mat.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and scoop two tablespoon sized pieces of dough onto the prepared baking sheets.
I cut slices and cut the dough in half to place on cookie sheets. I added marmalade like a glaze on top. This made a yummy topping.
Those cookies really melted onto the sheet so next I tried balls, then made an indent for the marmalade to have a well. That still all melted too much into the cookie sheet.
Baked at 350 for 12-14 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to finish. Easier said than done. In any case, these cookies tasted great and I still put them out for everyone to munch on. There wasn’t any left, so nobody minded that the weren’t perfect. So even if they failed to look pretty, they weren’t a complete failure cause they were very edible! Just make sure your dough is very cold, if not frozen when you go to bake.