Monday, June 21, 2010

Mmmmm, cookies...

I decided at the weekend that I needed to bake. But couldn't be bothered finding a new recipe or following instructions or whatever. So instead, I made my mum's oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. They're basically Anzacs that are a bit undercooked and have chocolate chips added to them. And they're delicious!! Here's what you'll need:

That bag of stuff in the front is desiccated coconut for the record!

Start with 125g of butter. Chop it up, dump it in a bowl, and stick it in the microwave until it's melted. That's what you do if you're actually following the recipe. If you're me, you get forgetful and do things in the wrong order. It didn't really make a difference though!

The way *I* did it was to add the golden syrup (2 tablespoons, FYI) BEFORE I put it in the microwave. Whoops. Oh well. It didn't really matter in the long run.

Once the butter is melted, you (unless you're me!) add two tablespoons of golden syrup, and two tablespoons of boiling water.

Set the liquids aside to cool. While it's cooling, mix up the dry ingredients. Start with 3/4 cup of brown sugar:

Sift in 1 cup of self raising flour:

Then add a cup of rolled oats:

And a cup of desiccated coconut:

Mix it all together with a fork:

Add the butter, golden syrup and water mixture:

Mix it together to form a dough:

Then mix through 100g of dark chocolate chips. Allow me to recommend the Cadbury ones over the Nestle ones. I'm not sure quite what the difference is. But the Cadbury ones are a million times better!

Roll dessertspoon sized balls of dough and place them on a baking tray:

I apologise about the burn mark on my cookie tray. I forgot that I'd been using the stove top when I pulled a batch of cookies out of the oven one day, and that it was still hot...

Bake them in the oven at 180 degrees for around 12-15 minutes. The official recipe says 18 minutes, but I'm sticking with Mum's scribbled notes on this one!

Mmmmmmm, cookies...

Leave them on the tray for about 5 minutes to cool slightly, then move them to a cooling rack. And that's all there is to it!!

K :) xx


  1. They look really good! And I'm pretty sure I have all the ingredients at home, so I'll be trying these ones soon.

    This is the reason I was so desperate to get my hands on Mum's cooking scrapbook when I was home last. It's a collection of recipes dating from 1979 (largely Family Circle and Women's Weekly, plus some hand-written ones from friends), which Mum has tried and annotated as necessary! It's both a wonderful piece of my personal history AND a fabulous cooking resource.

    Yay mums!!

  2. My mum has a box full of type-written index card recipes - I haven't braved the depths of that yet. Although from memory, there's a recipe for cheese straws in there somewhere that I might have to try!

    Primarily, I nick things from the Niagara Falls photo album that she's been cramming with hand written and clipped-from-magazine recipes since the 80s. There's some great (if slightly bizarre) things from Canadian Living Magazine in there, from memory!!


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