Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

I finally tried out Bakewise!

Oatmeal Cookies

And… well… I have to admit, I was a little bit underwhelmed. I did leave out the raisins in the recipe (seriously. raisins? yuck) so maybe that did it… I think these guys do need a bit of something–like currants maybe? Or dried cherries?

Oatmeal Cookies

Either way, the recipe is definitely not bad. In fact, it’s a lovely basic oatmeal cookie, if you need a lovely basic oatmeal cookie (honestly, though, these are better). But it is pretty basic. Nice cinnamon flavor, decent texture though very cakey.

Oatmeal Cookies

I think these would be amazing, however, if you made them into whoopie pies. Because they’re so cakey, they would be PERFECT–seriously, perfect–with a big dollop of cream cheese frosting in between, or even a salted caramel frosting. Or maybe even ice cream–though I don’t know if these are sturdy enough for more than a small scoop. Let me know if you try them out as whoopie pies!

Oatmeal Cookies

In other news, I think I’m in a blog rut. I’ve been pretty tired lately (I taught a lot at work this summer!) but I’ve also been feeling kind of ho-hum about my blog and baking lately. It might be in part because it’s so darn hot out–turning on the oven sucks in 90 degree weather. But I’ve also been feeling kind of uninspired in terms of photography and recipes. Should I add different, non-foodie posts? Should I try to bake my way through a single cookbook (I admire folks who do it though I’ve never had a strong desire to do so myself, but maybe it would motivate me)? Any of you fellow food bloggers out there have any tips for blogger’s/baker’s block?

Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
Adapted from Bakewise by Shirley O. Corriher
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies

1 1/2 cups walnuts
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature, cut into tablespoonish size pieces
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon water
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 2/3 cups old-fashioned oats, not quick-cooking

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread walnuts over the parchment paper and toast in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, transfer to bowl, and toss in 2 tablespoons of the butter while hot. When cool, coarsely chop and set aside.

In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat remaining 3/4 cup butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the molasses and vanilla, then add the eggs one at a time, beating until just combined.

In a separate bowl, measure out the flour and sprinkle the water over the flour and stir in. Whisk in the baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, then stir in the oats.

Add about 1/3 of the dry mixture at a time to the butter mixture and blend at lowest speed, until all of the dry mixture has been added. Fold in the nuts.

Scoop by the tablespoonful and place them on the prepared sheet about 1 inch apart. Flatten them slightly with your palm.

Bake for about 10 minutes; they do not brown much and will not look completely done, but they firm up as they cool.

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6 thoughts on “Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

  1. I questioned the same things. Should I blog about non food things? What if people are disappointed because my blog is named “Matchbox Kitchen” after all. I don’t want to them to get upset because it’s not baking related. And then my friend (and fellow blogger) told me, “blog about whatever you want.” Really simple and it took me a few weeks to get it, but it’s my blog and I can share whatever I feel like. No one is pigeonholing me into a certain category but myself. So blog about what ever you want! I personally would love to see some non food posts 🙂 But only if you enjoy it! That’s the point of it, isn’t it?

    Cooking/baking wise, I keep a list of things I’d like to bake/attempt (buche de noel, tres leches cake, crack pie, compost cookies, etc) and then a list of ideas/topics to blog about (cookbook review, places to go in LA, Zelda updates, how my sugar ban went) that way whenever I draw a blank I have something to refer to. The hardest part is actually doing it, or else I’d be blogging more than twice a week 😉 But at least I have some ideas down!

    Maybe pick up ice cream making since the weather’s been so hot. I don’t blame you for not wanting to turn on the oven!

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    • Oh! And in regards to photography, I like trying out different things to get out of a rut. Different location, different lighting, props (or no props at all), using my iphone instead, etc. I find that the less fussing I have to do with the food (I really hate styling food photos because it feels so artificial) the more fun I have with it.

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      • Thanks Sara! I am still thinking about this… I do a fair bit of technology driven/online stuff for my day job and so sometimes I do feel weird about posting so much about myself online. I think it’s left over from middle school talks about online safety, but still– I feel like there are some things I should keep to myself just for my sanity, which has mainly been what’s stopping me from posting more lifestyle-y type things. (Also, 95% of the posts would probably end up being of my cats if I’m not careful) I am definitely going to start keeping a blog idea list though… The wheels are starting to turn slowly but surely! Thank you for your ideas!!

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  2. I feel exactly the same right now! so I’ve taken a week just to catch up on everything else and enjoy a bit of the sunshine. It also gives you time to look through what things have whet your appetite on other peoples blogs – for example I’m excited to have a go at making an ombre cake – they’re so pretty! I also find farmers markets really inspiring, seeing beautiful ingredients makes me excited about eating food and I think that shows in blogs. As for photography a little trick I’ve found to improve mine is straight from age 13 art class, i look at someone else’s work and put my spin on it. I go to something like foodgawker and search for what I’ve made then chose my 3 favourite photos and set up that composition and use that as a starting place to add more/take some away/rearrange. My photos have never come out anywhere near what I was originally looking at, as the lighting/props are different but I find I work better on a ‘messy canvas’ so to speak. Hope that doesn’t sound too preachy, I love your blog, you’re really talented, and we’ve all been there!

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    • Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words and I love your photographs, so your comments mean a lot! I’m pretty good at pinning photos/recipes I want to try on Pinterest but this reminds me to be a bit more deliberate about it. And I love your suggestion about playing with composition ideas. I’ve been thinking about buying a food styling book as I’ve heard there are a few good ones, but I can’t get over my feeling that food styling is kind of a weird thing to do. But you do have to play with those kinds of things to get the photograph right. Anyway…you gave me tons to think about! Thanks again, Jenny!!

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