Thursday, October 13, 2011

a cookie. for you.


deep breath. 

were you here yesterday for all the excitement? 

I never thought my little ol' blog could get so heated. 

I couldn't believe so many people showed up--had I known you all were coming, I might have worn something nicer, and cleaned my house up a bit.
splashed on a little perfume, you know?

the internet is funny, isn't it?

but that is really not my style....arguing, yelling, and such. 
or wearing perfume.

So back to gumdrop clouds and candy corn mountains around here, deal? 
No more posting nasty things that I have to delete late at night.....I mean really, don't you have better things to do? I do.

As we now return to our regularly scheduled programming, 
I would like to offer you a cookie. 

A crisp, chewy, oaty, cinnamoniny fall cookie.
(I thoroughly enjoy making up words to describe food)
oatmeal cookie

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
this is Martha's recipe--I just add cinnamon to mine. it's one of our favorite cookies.

1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
12 ounces good-quality chocolate, chopped into chunks

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and butter in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Starting with the mixer on low speed and increasing until it is on medium, beat until the mixture is creamy and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs and the vanilla extract, then scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, and mix to combine.
Combine the rolled oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and wheat germ in a large bowl, and stir to combine. Add the dry mixture to the butter mixture, then mix on low speed just to combine, 10 to 15 seconds. Remove the bowl from mixer stand, and stir in chocolate chunks.
Line the baking pans with parchment paper. Use a large (2 1/2 ounce) or small (1 1/4 ounce) ice-cream scoop to form balls of dough. Place the balls of dough about 4 inches apart on baking pans. Bake until golden and just set, about 18 minutes for large cookies and 14 minutes for small cookies. Remove from oven; let cool on pan 4 to 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

....and then watch for little hands that will surely sneak them as  you turn your back.
oatmeal cookie
enjoy your cookie, be nice to people,
and have a happy day!


Darcy said...

Oh Sheena, I love your blog. You're the best....and these cookies look divine! And yes, I will be nice to people. I promise.

Kristin Hanson said...

Go Sheena - stand for what you believe in! And don't let the negative bear you down. I swear, cookies could solve all the world's problems, if we only let them. Nothing like making your own cookies to calm the mind, diffuse the anger, and re-center one's self. I'm going to have to head to the store for some more GF oats so I can make these for myself.

Anonymous said...

well...i love you blog and i love cookies. so i will most definitely love these. can't wait to try 'em out this weekend xxo

Anonymous said...

These look divine. Question for you, I recently moved to the UK and real butter here costs an ABSURD amount of money, so I have to bake (mostly) with something else. Sad, sad, sad day. Do you know what would make the best substitute?

P.S. I wish I was as awesome as you.

mimi charmante said...

Girlfriend, the cookies look delicious and sometimes, the world needs a little shaking up. Good for you!
Have a marvelous rest of your week my friend~
ps. is there any way to open up your commenting options so that I can sign in with my website rather than my old google account? if you have it closed for a reason, no worries, but if not, I would be ever so grateful!
xx said...

mmmmmmm fall cookies! Now if only it wasn't 90 degrees in California right now... I would be making these instead of popsicles :)

Unknown said...

mmm cookies.. people be all opinionated and crap when it comes to religion... and politics and all that other stuff. Best to keep it light on the ol' bloggity blogs :) sorry to hear you had some nutta's haha

Hannah Nicole said...

aaaah! I just love your blog. And I will be making those cookies. They look beyond delicious.

True*Lu said...

Well shoot--that did turn into a heated debate...83 comments?! Wowza. Moving on, like you said...I'm making these cookies today! I think I've got all that I need on hand. :)

Kelly said...

Dear Sheena,

What ever God we worship, whatever holy book we read, what ever Temple, Church or Mosque we visit -it's all about what you said -
"be nice to people". I love stopping by your blog for a little inspiration to "Carpe Diem". You are the best. Never met you but love ya.

Gotta go run off to my "Church" beautiful Fairmount Park and run dogs. I find God there.

You are a very wise lady. (and at 53 I am actually finally learn to cook - thanks to you - you Inspire!)

Natalie said...

Yum! Just what I need today on this gray, blustery and mostly wet afternoon. No wheat germ on hand that a deal breaker?

Unknown said...

opposition in all things right? that's what i tell myself when people fight about religion. whatever people, just wait til we all die and then we'll work it all out. on another note, love your cookies, love your photography style. gonna be making these, thanks :)

Moments and Impressions said...

There is nothing better than oatmeal cookies... except when you add chocolate chips!!

Oh wait... and add a sweet little hand going in for a bite.

Kasey said...

We are on the same page - oatmeal cookies are on my mind...gorgeous photos (as always!)

camandholls said...

Yay, to a new day filled with cookies and nice/happy comments!!

Jamie said...

I am wanting to make these right this minute but I don't have any wheat germ. Could it be left out? Flour increased? Or would it be a total flop without it? Thanks for the recipe.

gram said...

,, a good follow-up for yesterday's spicey blog! I can smell these cookies from here....

purdywords said...

These look like Heaven in a cookie. You know, Heaven, where your Mormon self and my Catholic self will both end up one day. God-willing! (You know, the same God we both believe in even though we choose to worship differently). :)
ps. so glad you voiced your opinion yesterday. After all, this is YOUR blog.
pps. Anyone who reads this beautiful blog of yours can tell what a good and wonderful person you are. You are inspiring!

Rebecca Jane said...

I made these cookies as soon as I saw the recipe, and they were soooo yummy! I'm not going to say how many I've eaten already...

Laney Butler said...

Oh man, I've got to try these! I never thought of adding cinnamon to choc. chip cookies. I LOVE your food photos. Can't wait to see your book! xoxo