I’ve been re-watching Friends. Last night’s was “The One with the German Laundry Detergent,” where Ross and Rachel go on their first pseudo-date at the laundromat. He’s teaching her to separate her lights, darks, delicates, and I say, “Huh, I never do that.”
“Really?” inquires my roommate.
Um, guys. I don’t separate my laundry. It’s not that I don’t know how to. I just don’t. I might be lazy.
But there are things that I do separate. Like shampoo and conditioner. Two-in-one stuff SUCKS. Especially that three-in-one stuff. What is that?
I also separately mix wet and dry ingredients. Butter just does NOT mix well with flour unless it’s already been mixed with eggs, vanilla, and sugar. I’m serious. Don’t even think about throwing all of your cookie ingredients into one bowl. Yeah, I know, it’ll save on dishes, but your cookie will be junk.
Another word for the wise: NEVER microwave your butter if you’re trying to quickly go from fridge-cold to room temperature. Your cookie will be a pancake. This comes from experience.
When it comes to baking, either bread or pastries, mixing properly is the key to success. Mix too much, pancake central. Mix too little, dry pockets of flour. Mix it just right, and Goldilocks has a dozen fluffy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.
Lick your fingers after rolling these dough balls out. And eat what’s left in the bowl.
Remember what I said about age and lactose intolerance? Proceed with caution.
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup firmly pack brown sugar
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Incorporate the dry ingredients in a medium bowl, just until the cinnamon is nicely dispersed. IN A SEPARATE LARGE BOWL (I’m watching you), mix the butter, vanilla, brown sugar and egg until creamy (i.e. no butter chunks).
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet about half a cup at a time, mixing fully before adding more. The dough should be fluffy.
Add the oats and chocolate chips and mix until just incorporated.
Arrange spoonfuls on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
Bake for about 15 minutes, until the center just barely begins to flatten. This ensures that the cookie will be slightly crispy on the edges and still soft and gooey on the inside.
Let cool on the baking sheet for about 15 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for final firming stage.
Makes a dozen big cookies.