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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I'm just the tiniest bit nervous about the whole ALA conference thing this weekend, so I've been baking in order to keep myself busy. And so I can eat lots of cookies. This recipe, which is new to me (it ran in the Post last week--I've changed it a little), is already one of my all-time faves.

However, you won't like it if you don't like things that are both sweet and salty. (Seriously. My husband doesn't like the combo of sweet/salty, and he can't stand these cookies. So be warned.)

If you do like the combo of sweet/salty, though, I think you'll like:

Salted Oatmeal Cookies

1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter or non-dairy equivalent*
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup regular sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups cake flour**
2 cups oats (don't use the quick-cooking kind. Look for anything labeled "old-fashioned")
kosher salt***

Get out a largeish microwave-safe bowl. Melt the butter in the microwave. Add in the brown and regular sugar. Stir together. (You can just use a big spoon--I don't know about you, but I loathe cleaning mixers/food processors.)

Then add in the eggs and stir again until the eggs are incorporated. Next, add in the baking powder, vanilla, flour, and oats. Stir until everything is just mixed, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge for an hour.

I know it sucks to wait for an hour, but trust me, don't skip this step. The results aren't pretty.

Once the hour is up, preheat the oven to 375 and grease a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper. Get the dough out of the fridge and, using a regular teaspoon, get 15 blobs of it onto the cookie sheet. (The blobs of dough will be pretty generously sized--the recipe I got this from says golf ball sized, but I'd say it's more like a mutant golf ball sized)

Anyway, once you've got the dough on the cookie sheet, press each blob out a little with your fingers. Then get out the kosher salt, and sprinkle a whole bunch on top of the cookies. (Pretend it's sugar if it'll make it easier for you, and remind yourself there's no salt in the actual dough)

Bake. I've found the cookies take anywhere from 12-15 minutes to cook, but my oven runs hot, so your time may vary. Just keep your eye on them, and when they start to get a nice golden brown around the edges, they're done!

The cookies will be crisp around the edges, soft inside, and taste like--well, they taste like a sweet oatmeal cookie with salt on top. Which, now that I've typed this, sounds odd, but really, it's good!

*despite what every foodie I've ever met has told me in person, on tv, or in a cookbook, I have never noticed any taste and/or cooking difference between using unsalted butter/margarine and salted butter/margarine in a recipe. I use unsalted margarine because one of the few non-dairy margarines out there is made without salt, but I don't see why you can't make these cookies with whatever type of butter you happen to have on hand.

**you can use regular flour here, but I think cake flour makes for a more tender cookie.

*** I suppose you can use regular salt, but I like the nice large crystals of kosher salt so much better. You could also use sea salt, but kosher salt is way cheaper and I'd rather make more cookies (and buy books) than have fancy salt.


Blogger Jess said...


June 20, 2007 5:12 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Hey, that posted before I was ready! I also wanted to tell you to have fun at ALA!

June 20, 2007 5:12 PM  
Anonymous elizabeth scott said...

Thank you Jess!!!

June 22, 2007 5:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished Bloom, and I just had to visit your website, like you said in your little bio at the end. It was fabulous!! I'm so glad to see you are writing more books... count me in on reading them!!

June 23, 2007 2:05 PM  
Anonymous thenovicewriter said...

Like anonymous above me, I just finished _Bloom_ also. I wasn't even aware of the time...it was amazing. It brought me close to tears sometimes, in an unexpected way. I graduated from high school a year ago, and I still remember how some of these things in Lauren's head are really so real when you are an adolescent...even now. So yes, amazing book...

I am curious...the book that is due out in March 2008, _Perfect You_, about Kate...is that the same Kate as Lauren's best friend?

June 23, 2007 4:27 PM  
Blogger Authorness said...

Good luck at the ALA, Elizabeth! I'm sure the cookies will give you strength.

:) Vanessa

June 23, 2007 9:00 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

anonymous--thanks for stopping by, and I'm glad you enjoyed Bloom :-)

thenovicewriter--thank you so much for all the amazingly sweet things you said! (And Perfect You is about a whole new set of characters)

Vanessa--the cookies did give me some strength :-) (And I just got your note about eight things-I'll do that this weeek!)

June 25, 2007 10:04 AM  

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