Thursday, September 14, 2006
A couple of weeks ago, the M1's (first year medical students) had their first tests. As M2's, we have an M1 buddy. I have a girl from my college. There are also a couple of guys from MC there, but their buddies are guys. SO, I decided to give all of them some study cookies the week befroe their test! I decided to do something idfferent from chocolate chip cookies...oatmeal scotchies! I looked and looked for a different recipe, but NO cookbooks (at least that I've seen), not even my cookie book!, have a recipe for these cookies. So, I used my general recipe with a few changes that ended up being good.
I've noticed that these cookies tend to be a little dry. I do use margarine because I don't like the way butter bakes. It tends to make the cookies really flat, and I DON'T like that! Anyway, I decided to use a combination of fats...and it worked! These were NOT flat, NOT dry, and didn't stick to the pan/stone! So, if you think the recipe looks strange, it's because of the modification I made in this area!
1 stick margarine (1/2 cup)
4 T butter
2 T shortening (no trans-fat version)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 T water (if using all margarine I skip this, but used it here and it worked)
2 cups unsifted flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soad
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional, this was my addition)
1 1/2 cups quick oats (I used old fashioned and it worked fine)
2 cups (I use a little more than 1 cup, 2 is just too much) butterscotch morsels
Preheat oven to 375 Degrees F. Cream butter, sugar, eggs, and water. Let this go for a few minutes to make sure all the sugar disolves. This is ESSENTIAL to good cookies! Combine dry ingredients. Gradually add flour mixture. Stir in oats and morsels. Drop onto pan or stone about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
YIELD: about 4 dozen