Luxury Oatmeal Cookies

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The first thing I think about when I hear cookies is

Cookie Monster.

So how then would Cookie Monster become Luxurious?

I have the answer below:

 

Project Runway: Luxurious Cookie Monster Day Wear

Project Runway: Luxurious Cookie Monster Day Wear

I am absolutely in LOVE with BOTH the Granola and the actual cookies themselves. I was just telling a friend , [… just finished baking my amazing cookies. I mean I knew they would be good but MAN, best oatmeal cookie I ever had..]

Thank you Rose!

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FULL DISCLOSURE: I cheated and added other things not in Rose Levy Beranbaum’s original recipe.

Vicki Granny, Heavenly Cake Walk, mentioned that she didn’t care for raisins as much and I have to agree with her.  She was going to use a mixture of dried fruits and I agreed that this would be an excellent idea.

Patricia Reitz, ButterYum, a tasty little food blog, recommended doubling the vanilla.

Thank you Ladies for your recommendations!

And with that, I was ready to create….

Dried Fruits Macerated in orange liquor and orange oil: Cherries, Cranberries, Blueberries and White Rasins

Dried Fruits Macerated 24 hours in orange liquor and orange oil: Cherries, Cranberries, Blueberries and White Raisins

Mise en Place for the Granola

Mise en Place for the Granola

For the maple syrup, I choose to combine different types of syrups in order to add depth in flavor to the granola: I used a combination of Maple, Lyle’s Golden, honey and Agave.  For the spices, the cinnamon was doubled and I couldn’t help but add Allspice, Mace and a dash of nutmeg.

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As we learned in earlier recipes, always shake away and “nut dust” that might accumulate in the package when adding nuts.

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Add all of the other ingredients….

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For me I drained the berries next

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As I smelled and tasted, I thought the granola was still missing something, so I added sliced almonds

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Now onto the cookie dough…..

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Separate into three divisions and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. I found it best to refrigerate overnight

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Preheat oven and bring one section of the dough to room temperature for about 10 minutes. Measure two, YES TWO, Tablespoons of dough and with lightly flowered hands, roll into balls

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Place on prepared cookie sheet, half sheet, and flatten out the cookies to about 2 inches wide and 3/4 inch tall

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I began to experiment again

Just cant’ help it….

The recipe instructions stated to place the cookies in the oven and let them bake for 3 minutes, rotate pan then bake for another 3 minutes.  Next there was a range of time frames for baking the rest of the cookies – 6 – 9 minutes more.

In my focus groups, I have found that some people prefer harder cookies, some medium and others only want soft cookies; so I began to experiment with the cooking times as I had three batches anyway

The first batch I baked for 14.5 minutes in total

I give you:

Exhibit A: 14.5 minutes

The cookies were nicely browned on the edges and the top.  Also, the cookie felt “slightly soft“when pressed lightly with a finger.

Very crisp bite

Baked 14.5 minutes in total

Baked 14.5 minutes in total

Exhibit B: 14 minutes

A bit more delicate in texture with a more soft center with a firm but not as hard exterior

Baked 14 minutes

Baked 14 minutes in total

EXHIBIT C: 13 minutes

 Very soft and divine;  I personally prefer Exhibit C

Baked 13 minutes in total

Baked 13 minutes in total

Another factor in the crispness of the final cookie product is the actual temperature of the cookie dough prior to going into the oven.

After my three batches, I had enough dough to make 3 more individual cookies.

EXHIBIT D: Refrigerated Dough Balls

Cookie dough balls back in the refrigerator for about 15 to 20 minutes to harden before flatting, created a more delicious texture for me than before…. I baked these for 13 minutes in total as well.

Dough balls refrigerated for 20minutes before baking for 13 minutes

Dough balls refrigerated for 20minutes before baking for 13 minutes

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I really enjoyed this recipe and will be making it again; The addition of the orange liquor and the orange oil marry SO well with the bitter sweet chocolate chips. The orange flavor also unites all of the spices and other flavors.  I really wouldn’t change a thing, now that I have added my additions.

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Until next time,

HAPPY BAKING YA’LL!

© Tony Bridges and One Crumb at a Thyme, 2014

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