Thursday, February 23, 2012

In the Kitchen with Shaddy

I've been in the cooking mode lately.  After reading my friend, Sarie's, oatmeal cookie recipe on her blog, I vowed to make some myself.

I picked up these ingredients at the grocery store this afternoon.  Sounds easy enough, right?  Firstly, I got the wrong brown sugar.  I shouldn't have bought this bag of light brown sugar.  Secondly, I almost put a bag of bread flour in my cart instead of the all purpose flour.  Thirdly, I had to be careful to get the old fashioned rolled oats rather than the several other types available.  Lastly, I hesitated in deciding which baking powder to buy.  The Clabber Girl brand was double action.  I took the leap and put it in my cart, opting to live on the wild side and to risk that my cookies might explode.        
I needed a drink after my stressful stop at the grocery store.  I had all the ingredients in the house for a Bloody Mary.  That's right.  I've been enjoying a daily drink but no cookie baking lately. 

After a slug of my cocktail for courage, I started to make oatmeal cookies.  First, I mixed a few of the dry ingredients in a small bowl according to the recipe.    

Here are the butter and the brown and white sugar.  I was told to mix them together but the room temperature butter wouldn't cooperate.  I guess that's because I've turned the thermostat down to conserve on energy.  :)  Room temperature in my kitchen is 63 degrees!  I put the bowl in the microwave, thinking that a few seconds would soften the butter and make the mixing easier.  


Sparks flew!

Oops!  My mixing bowl sports a gold decorative design that's allergic to microwaves.  I switched gears and put the bowl in the oven instead.  

In no time, I had a wonderful mixture of butter and sugar.  Phew, that was an adventure!

Thank God for some vodka to help me cope.  :)

I added eggs, vanilla and the small bowl of ingredients I showed you above to the butter and sugar.  The oatmeal and flour completed the cookie mixture.  It's kind of an ugly mess at this point, but I had high hopes.

I'm surprised the cookies didn't slide off the cookie sheet.  Aren't you?  Maybe I shouldn't have had the drink after all!?

Now do you see why I think I should have used darker brown sugar?  These cookies are slightly on the pale side, but then we're all a little pasty at this time of the year, aren't we!

Here's the finished product, hanging out on a cooling rack.  Aren't they cute?  I left these in the oven longer so they've got better color.  (That reminds me.  I need to get to the tanspa). 

After supper this evening, Lon, Jared and I put away several of these oatmeal cookies with milk for dessert.  You know what?  We liked them.  We liked them a lot, just exactly the way they were.



Stephanie said...

Haha :) Loved your tutorial! Glad the cookies turned out yummy. I made rice crispy treats 2 days ago. Tim, Jake and I scarfed em down :)
Happy Wednesday!

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

STEPH: I love rice crispy treats with LOTS of extra marshmallow! Thanks for reminding me of them...I'm sure the guys would appreciate some!

Happy Wednesday to you!

Sarie said...

How much do I love everything about this post?? A LOT!!!!

First, I am so copying your "cooking with a cocktail" idea. I must do this too! That's the best idea I've ever heard of.

AND, I'm SO proud of you! You know I love when you cook. You did marvelous!!! I'm glad everyone liked them. I was worried about not adding the syrup, but they look beautiful. Look at those! They're perfect. Literally!

I am here in my office giving you a standing ovation dear. Chuck is with me, he'll tell you I really am.

You are a baker!

I'm so glad you posted this. I've been thinking about you and the cookies all day. Thank you for sharing!!

The Wabeke's said...

I think baking would seem a lot more appealing lately with a bottle of wine involved. Loved this!!

Gullible said...

"Cooking with Cocktails!" What a fabulous fun idea. For a minute there, I thought the round lump of brown sugar was an egg--an in the shell egg. Fun post, Shaddy.

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

SARIE: You KNOW you're my inspiration. I used to avoid spending time in the kitchen, doing only enough to put food on the table. Thanks for all your support and friendship, Sarie!! Yay, for us...we're cooking and baking up a storm.

THE WABEKE'S: Try it...I know you'll like it. Everything turns out better too!! TeeHee! :)

GULLY: The brown sugar kept the shape of the measuring cup when I dumped it in the bowl. I can see why you took a second look!!! It looks like an egg, alright. Thank God, I'm adept enough at baking to know enough to crack the egg, use the insides and toss the shell!!

Everything goes better with a cocktail in hand!!

Parrot Writes said...

They look yummy! I'll be right over. Oh, unless they are all gone. If s,. I'll just bring my glass with ice cubes for cocktail time.

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

PARROT: Sounds good to me!! Who cares about cookies when it's cocktail time???

Annie said...

Homemade cookies and some vodka to go. I am coming over as fast as I can!

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

ANNIE: Sounds like a party to me!! Don't use the driveup window; come inside and I'll fix you up with cookies and vodka to go. Promise you won't open the bottle before you get back home?