Saturday, 20 September 2014

Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

I love these cookies. My kids love these cookies, too. They freeze well, they're quick and easy to put together and safe to send to school(no nuts). They don't last long in my house. Made from simple, basic ingredients, these cookies are a staple in my freezer.

Make them soft and chewy or crispy, however you prefer. Just increase the baking time a bit for a crispier cookie. My family likes their cookies soft and chewy.

They are really easy to make. Watch my 11 year old make them on you tube.

Like most cookies, start by combining room temperature butter and the sugar. In this case it's both white and brown sugar. Mix with an electric mixture for 2 or 3 minutes until lit is well combined and the colour lightens a bit. This technique is called creaming.

Next, add the eggs and vanilla to the butter mixture

Combine the flour, oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Or do like I do and just add these ingredients to the bowl. Mix gently on low speed to just combine.
Add the butterscotch chips, mix to just combine.

Drop by tablespoon onto an unbaked baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.

 Let the cookies sit on the hot pan for a minute or two then remove them to a cooling rack. Repeat the process. Make sure that you let the baking pan cool before you drop more cookie dough onto it.

Dip the cookie in the batter! Brilliant!

Seth approved. He likes his quality control job.

Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

1cup room temperature butter
1/2 granulated sugar
1cup brown sugar, packed
1teaspoon vanilla
2cups all purpose flour
2cups oatmeal, large flake
1 teaspoon baking powder
1teaspoon baking soda
 1/2teaspoon salt
2cups butterscotch chips

Combing the butter and sugars in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugars. Start on low speed and gradually increasing to high speed for 2 or 3 minutes until well mixed. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Combine the flour, oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture. Mix on low until just combined. Add butterscotch chips. Mix briefly, to combine all. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees oven for 8-10 minutes until they are golden brown.

Makes about 6 dozen cookies
They freeze very well, if they make it to the freezer that is.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

Just simple, basic ingredients that, when combined, make a delicious comforting dessert. The early apples are just coming of the tree and are perfect for this crisp. Choose any apple that you like. Try using a combination of different types of apples and see how it changes the flavour of the finished product.

I have tried to change this recipe and 'jazz it up'. Using different fruit like strawberries and blueberries, and anding nuts to the topping works well. My family still prefers it the basic way so that is how I make it most of the time. "Don't mess with a good thing, Mom" they say. So I don't.

Start by peeling, coring and slicing the apples. As you peal your apples, put them in a bowl of water with the juice of half a lemon. This will prevent them from turning brown.

Drain the apple slices and put them into a 2 litre baking dish. Sprinkle the apples with a teaspoon of cinnamon. Combine 3/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Mix the sugar and the cornstarch well so that you don't have any lumps in the sauce. Add the sugar mixture on top of the apples and mix. Pour 1/2 cup water gently on top of the apples. The water really helps to soften the apples and brings out the apple juice to make a yummy, luscious sauce.

Make the topping next. Combine the oats, flour, and brown sugar. Mix well. Drizzle the melted butter on top. Mix oat mixture to incorporate the butter.

Crumble the topping onto the apples. Bake for 40-50 minutes in a 350 degree oven, or until the apples have softened and the sauce has thickened.

The top will be golden brown.

Of course good vanilla ice-cream is a must.

Serve warm, out of the oven topped with ice-cream. What could be better than that?

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

4 cups apples, sliced
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1 cup old fashioned oatmeal, not quick cooking
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup melted butter