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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Cityblog Feature: Amita Nene's Yummy Expressions: Chocolate Chips Oatmeal Cookies

Amita Nene's Yummy Expressions

Chocolate Chips Oatmeal Cookies

My kids have stopped believing in Santa about 4 years now, but they still pretend play that they do believe in one, in order to make it an occasion to get gifts!! For couple of years, I actually did play along and bought them gifts. But finally called it a day a year back, much to their dismay! Imagine they will complete 13 this month!
Tough one isn’t it? Managing a pair of kids who offer me a unique combination of experiences with their childlike persuasions and demands on one hand and a bagful of attitude and airs that scream ‘teenage’ on the other!!
All I know now is that in my closet, I have a box full of hand-painted greeting cards, an elf doll, few thank you notes, Pokemon stickers and many other trinkets that were kept under pillows for Santa over the years, and had to secretly make their way into my closet. And in return “Santa” did leave gifts for them all the time.

This time around Santa or no Santa, kids wanted to make most of the brief Christmas break, so just before starting school tomorrow, we have baked some yummy cookies together.
My role of course was limited to that of a Recipe provider and the kitchen mess cleaner after the delicious cookies were ready.
Mission Cookie was thus embarked upon with a clear target…. Choco Chip Oatmeal Cookies!!!
To make a batch of 16 Large sized delicious Choco Chip Oatmeal Cookies, we used,
2 cups Instant cooking Oats
1 ½ cups of Whole wheat flour
½ cup Chocolate chips
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup white unsalted
½ cup of coarsely pounded nuts of your choice (I used Almonds & Walnuts)
1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
1 egg
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
¼ teaspoon Salt
Pre-heat the oven at 180 deg C.
In a large mixing bowl, blend butter and sugar till it is mixed well. Add Vanilla essence and egg. Beat till the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the oats, flour, soda, salt, choco chips and the nuts.
Knead well together into soft dough. Make equal 16 portions of the dough. Roll and flatten each portion with your hands and place them on a baking plate. Bake for about 15-20 minutes.
My baking plate could accommodate 8 portions at a time so I had to make 2 batches. I like to bake big cookies, if you prefer smaller cookies; you can make smaller portions suited to your liking.
Keep checking on the cookies to ensure they are browning evenly. Baking time may vary depending on the oven, so to check if your cookies are done, tap gently on the centre of the cookie with the tip of a knife. If the tip goes in, you need to keep baking. If it doesn’t, your batch is almost ready, just bake for another minute or so before you remove from the oven.
Place the cookies on a plate to cool before storing them in an air tight jar.
In about an hour and fifteen minutes, we had 16 most amazingly yummy and nice big cookies ready. One cookie could well be one mini meal!
By the time I have stored them away in a jar, there were only 14 cookies left!  As we have started our year on a Yummy note…. I know we are going to have many more culinary excursions all through the year.
Hope you all have a Yummy, delicious and healthy year ahead. Here’s wishing you guys and all your loved ones a Very Happy New Year!
And we will be in touch all through this year with loads and loads of YUMMY EXPRESSIONS!

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