Posts tagged cookbooks
Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies (Aren't they all?)
I used to sell these cookies. Then I lost the recipe. Then I went looking on the web for the recipe, and I can tell it when I see it because the baking soda in water is a total outlier to cookie making, and I couldn't find it. After hours of searching I found it in a book on my shelf. I had it with me all along. In case I forget again, I thought I'd put it here. Because this is becoming my repository of favorite tried and true recipes, plus new ones I love.

This comes from the Wooden Spoon Dessert Book by Marilyn M. Moore. It is by far the single most used baking book I own. If you see a copy pick it up. 
I use this book all the time!

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
.75 cup white sugar
.75 cup brown sugar
.75 teaspoon salt
.75 teaspoon cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 teaspoons baking soda, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
1.5 all purpose flour
3 cups old-fashioned oats (uncooked)
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment.
In a stand mixer cream the shortening with with vanilla, sugars, salt and cinnamon. Scrape sides and mix until the sugar grains are barley visible. Add the eggs one at a time. Scrape in between. Stir in the baking soda and water mixture. Add the flour. Once it's incorporated add the oats. Lastly stir in the raisins. Scoop onto sheets, leave room for spreading. Bake 11-13 minutes.

This have a distinctive crunchy and chewy texture. Both in one cookie.  They are terrific.

Brownies. The Best. That is all.
I have many fewer cookbooks in my house than I did once upon a time. Don't misunderstand I still have shelves full of books that have been huge comfort to me. And I delight when I see a tome on South Asian Cuisine missing, only to find it next to my daughter's bed. Knowing that she's experiencing the culture and text all tucked away in her room gives me hope.

She's a picky eater, but if she'll open up to new things by an obtuse avenue, let it be a well written cook book. Like the ones found in my house. 

Anyway, earlier this summer I had reason to pack a picnic basket and I wanted to make brownies. I didn't have my computer handy so I referenced a brownie cookbook which I hadn't opened in 10 years. I read through a handful of recipes and landed on one in particular that looked like it would work.It was amazing My friend asked for the recipe. I had to take a picture of the cookbook page and text it to her. How funny is that? Below is my rendition which I'm pretty much in love with. It is frankly the best recipe for brownies I have used. 

Brownies
4 oz palm/coconut fat or butter
5.5 oz unsweetend baking chocolate 
4 eggs
2 cups turbinado sugar or granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup flour

Melt the fat and chocolate in a double boiler. The original recipe called for butter, but I was making mine for a dairy free friend. In a mixing bowl cream the eggs and sugar for a good long while. You can use granulated sugar if you don't have turbinado. Add vanilla and salt. Once the chocolate is melted allow it too cool slightly. Add to eggs and sugar. When well combined add flour. Mix for a 2 minutes, scrape the sides and mix a minute longer. 

Spray and parchment line a 9x9 inch pan. Pour in batter and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. A tester on the outside corner should come out fairly clean. A tester in the middle will be moist but not gooey. 

Cool and cut into 16 good sized pieces. These are tall brownies. No frosting is needed. 

So do you read cookbooks at bed time? Does it give you dreams of sugar plums? Does it make you hungry? I buy fewer cookbooks, but I still do buy them. How about you? What's the best book you've come across lately? 

Sorry there's no picture to go with this post.