I’ve been going a bit stir-crazy this weekend, as it’s been just me and Byron cooped up at home, for a lot of it. To be honest, even if it wasn’t treacherous outside, I might not have gone out, but the fact that it is, makes me feel captive! I’m not willing to take the risk of crashing my car / getting stuck in my car / getting the buggy stuck in snow / slipping arse over tit. Sometimes there’s nothing better than a bit of baking to relieve boredom, when it’s snowing, your friends & husband are busy and you’re housebound because of the icy roads!
I have a sweet tooth that constantly lets me down with any healthy-eating phase I go through. If there’s cake / biscuits / chocolate, I’ll probably eat it, so the fact my office at work is practically situated in the staff canteen isn’t too helpful. I’ve been taking my own lunches, but I’m just too tempted by those bloody vending machines. Mmm, Twirl…
I digress! I love chocolate chip cookies that are more like biscuits, but when it comes to big, American style, chewy cookies, it’s all about oat and raisin. These little beauties are so easy to make and will be making an appearance in my lunchbox— they’re so good and will hopefully curb my bad habits!
Oat and Raisin Cookies
1/2 cup of softened butter
2/3 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups of oats
3/4 cup raisins
The beauty of a recipe like this, is you can add anything you like! I prefer to keep mine simple, but you could add coconut, nuts or other dried fruits too.
001. Cream together the sugar, butter and egg
002. Add all the dry ingredients
003. Roll into balls and place on baking paper on a baking tray. Unlike other cookies, these guys don’t spread very far, so you could flatten them a little, if you don’t want them so thick!
004. Place in the centre of a preheated oven (175º) and bake for 10-12 minutes
005. Remove from the oven when they’re lightly golden at the edges, to keep them soft and chewy. Best enjoyed warm!
A little pair of helping hands is optional.