just because you can, generally means you should
why would the first post of this blog, written by the girl who likes all things to be beautiful, generally french, delicate, subtle, and refined, (think they call it a snob) be something so saccharine, so deeply and shamefully american, so obscene in its excess, and so wholly unrefined as an oatmeal and white chocolate cookie? could the answer lie in the fact that i didn’t know where to begin? could it be that i simply wanted a cookie (because who on this sweet lonely planet doesn’t?) could it be that i, like my cookie, am just another toothsome, chewy, rich victim of american cultural imperialism? no, none of that. its because i’ve been told that cooking is about eating and so ultimately the task here is to produce something everyone wants to eat. e.v.e.r.y.o.n.e. so far in this life, i’ve not met anyone who doesn’t like cookies. the point is this is not just another food blog which promotes ‘comfort food’ and ‘milk and cookies’ as the miserable destiny of human beings. no this blog and this cookie is about democratising food. and if i have to start with a soft, chewy, unrefined, sexless yet somehow mouthwatering (unless you’ve had too many) cookie, so be it.
the chocolate and red one and the chewy bumpy one
225g unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla (or 1/4 of a bottle depending on whether or not you subscibe to the ‘you can never have too much vanilla/garlic school of thought)
1-1/2 cup plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3 cups oats (the little instant kind – for chewiness. use big if you want to see your oatmeal better)
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate
(if you wish to make the chewy bumpy variety replace white with milk chocolate and replace cranberries with hazelnuts, almonds or whatever scrap nuts you may have lying around)
pre-heat oven to 175 degrees
beat sugars and butter until creamy. a boy is good for that sort of laborious tedious manual activity. they seem to like it. add eggs and vanilla and beat again. add combined flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix to combine. add oats, cranberries and chocolate.
place tablespoonfuls of the mix on baking trays lined with baking paper and bake for 10-12 minutes.