March 18, 2012

11b/52 Oatmeal-Apricot Cookies

I am a person who feels guilty pretty easily. Especially for not having done things that I should have. Which doesn't necessarily mean that the guilt wins and forces me to take care of those things. I just continue to feel bad about them. Sometimes for a long time.

I honestly don't want this to happen in regards to this blog. So I couldn't just leave you this week with my last post and the admitted cheating that was involved (= no baking). So I baked something. And I feel better now. Not guilty anymore. I should remember this feeling.

Oatmeal-Apricot Cookies
Adapted from Martha Stewart

110 g (1 1/4 cups) oats
105 g (3/4 cup) flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
113 g (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
100 g (1/2 cup) light-brown sugar
55 g (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100 g (3/4 cup) dried apricots, roughly chopped
60 g (3/4 cup) almonds, slivered

  • Preheat oven to 180 °C (350°F).
  • Combine oats, flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  • On medium speed, beat together butter and sugars until smooth. Add egg and vanilla extract.
  • On low speed, add oat-flour-mix until just combined.
  • Mix in apricots and almonds using your hands.
  • Form small balls, put them on a lined baking sheet with enough space between them and flatten them a bit.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes until edges begin to brown.
  •  Let cool on baking sheet 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
My modifications:
None, except for the baking time: my cookies were done in 18 minutes.
Next time I might omit the granulated sugar, try different dried fruits, and/or possibly add a bit of chocolate (grated or chips).

The taste:
They smell and taste delicious. Fruity. Sweet. A bit healthy. Comforting. Filling.
What about your guilt trips? And what's your favorite cookie? 
(Yes, two questions that are totally related. At least after this post.)

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