Who doesn't like cookies! Most people do.
To me, when it comes to cookies, big giant cookies that you get from Mrs Fields cookie stall comes to mind. I like them big, chunky, crispy or chewy as long as it's as big as my palm. With lots of nuts, dried fruits or choc chips..now, that's my kind of cookie. And it has to be 'dropped down' cookies and not the shaped ones. Having said this, I'm not much of a cookie baker. Why? Because I'm quite lazy. Lazy to wait for it to be baked and let it cool before you can store it. But when desperate craving comes a calling with the tempting thoughts of some good quality ones, then I've got to bake some don't I! lol
Well, this time, no cravings, none at all! It's just a special request from my son who has been enjoying his year end school holidays, asked me if I'm free to teach him how to bake cookies. Since he is interested in baking, I'm not one to turn him down. Why not? He's old enough, 14 to be exact, to handle the oven and it's a good time to introduce him to the wonderful world of baking!! Actually this is his second attempt at baking cookies..the first time was choc chip cookies and it was yummy.
This cookie is superb. It's crispy, buttery but not overwhelming, aromatic and tasty.
You did well, my son!! Perfectly baked..hey, I'm your mom, of course I'll say it's perfect. lol..but seriously, it's perfect! :)
Let's share this wonderful recipe, shall we..
Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Cookies
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda (b.o.s)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 ground cinnamon
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
1 cup silvered almonds
Pre-heat oven to 180dC.
1. In a bowl, combine flour, b.o.s., baking powder, salt and cinnamon, set aside.
2. In large bowl, using electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and brown and granulated sugar until blended. Add eggs and almond extract, beating until light and creamy about 3 mins. On low speed, gradually add flour mixture, beating until blended. With wooden spoon, stir in oats, cranberries and almonds.
3. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet, bake for 10 - 14 mins or until golden. Cool on sheet for 2 mins then transfer to a rack and cool completely.