Crispy Crunchy Virtuous Oatmeal Cookies

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Coke or Pepsi? Apple or Android? Shaken or stirred? Breast or thigh? And I'm talking about chicken here. And now ... crispy or chewy? Me? I'm definitely on the crispy side of the line. Hence this...

They're like Laceys but with a whole less sugar and other stuff you can't pronounce. They're portable oatmeal, I say ;) And we made them virtuous with the addition of hemp hearts and ground flax seeds.

But no ... these are not your holier-than-thou cookies, because they contain the holy trinity of baking: butter, eggs, and sugar, albeit really less of them.

These are super crunchy, so delicious, and quick to whip up. Makes 24 medium sized cookies. I didn't, couldn't, share. There wasn't enough to make it out of the house!

120 g (1 cup) all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
200 g (14 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
100 g (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
50 g (1/4 cup) light brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
285 g (2-1/2 cups) rolled oats (quick cooking, not instant)
2 tbsp ground flax seeds
2 tbsp hemp hearts

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, on medium-high, cream the butter with the sugars, until pale and increased in volume, scraping down the sides as necessary.

3. Preheat the oven to 175C or 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

4. To the creamed butter and sugar, add the egg, then the vanilla.
5. Reduce the speed to medium and fold in the flour, followed with the oats (in 2 additions), then finally the ground flax seeds and hemp hearts.
6. Remove the bowl from the stand, give it a final scrape and stir, then start forming the dough into balls, placing them 5 cm (2 inches) apart on the baking sheet.
I like them on the thin side, so I flattened them a bit.
7. Bake 1 sheet at a time for 15-18 minutes until they turn golden.
8. Let cool on a rack while finishing up the rest of the batter.

What? Warm cookies out of the oven? Yes, of course, you may ... have a bite, that is. So long as you know that as it cools, it gets crispier ;) You decide.

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