Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Can you believe that I took this photo yesterday ....  in Ireland ...... in March!!!!!  We have been having the most unbelievable weather recently,  last week was all bright sun (although cold) then we had (almost) torrential rain on Monday, then SNOW yesterday.

Of course my thoughts turned to food the minute I looked out the window!!  Comfort food was what the doctor ordered, so I turned to and to the members own recipes.  There are two recipes that stand out on the cookie front:  CAL's oat cookies, and Jon's peanut butter cookies.  They have one thing in common,  they are so much more than the sum of their parts.  Both have few ingredients,  but taste truly wonderful.  If I had to choose one to go for it would be the oat cookies (sorry Jon!!) and that's a textural thing, I love that crumbly, crunchy feeling.

These are both real "store cupboard" standbys.  The oat ones particularly handy as they don't contain any egg (the ingredient I am most likely to run out of),  and they taste great.  What more could you ask for??

Here goes:

CAL's Oat So Simple Cookies

Preheat oven to 180 C
Line baking trays

100g   Oats
100g   Plain Flour
100g   Caster Sugar (see a pattern here??)
100g   Butter
1 tbsp Honey/Golden Syrup
1 tsp   Cinnamon/Mixed Spice

Makes about 15 cookies

Mix oats, flour and spice.
Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a saucepan.
Combine the flour and butter mixtures.
Use two spoons to form into balls and place on the lined baking sheets.
Dampen the spoon and press down on the cookies.
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

It is simple to make large batches of these little beauties, as the proportions increase easily.

Jon's Peanut Butter Cookies

Preheat oven to 175 C
Line a baking tray

1 cup      peanut butter (I used crunchy)*
1/2 cup   sugar**
1             egg

Beat the egg until frothy.
Add the peanut butter and stir with a wooden spoon until smoothish.
Add sugar and stir until smooth
Roll walnut sized portions between your hands.
Place on baking tray and press down with a fork.
Bake for 10 minutes (approx)
When baked remove tray from oven and leave for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

*Use good quality peanut butter.
** Original recipe called for 1 cup of sugar but I found this too much.



Bigarade said...

the weathers going crazy! these look yum

Natalya said...

Hi Browniegirl, I have also these two recipes from Nigella's forummers but still didn't make them. Your cookies look lovely.
Indeed, what a weather ! It's incredible to see snow in the end of March. I guess your cookies will go well with a good cup of tea in such a changing weather when we need some confort food.

BetterLate said...

I've got CALs and Jons in a box downstairs - I made some of each, and ginger cookies too, to fill a biscuit barrel I took as a present for friends whose house I stayed at for the weekend, and there were some over. I think I should just go downstairs now and check the cookies are OK on their own...

Anonymous said...

I'm really trying a test comment first :) as had difficulty leaving comments before. I was speaking with my friend Una for whom I had written the suggestions for hosting her book club. Thank you for leaving the link to your post - she said that she got ideas on presentation from your post.

The weather is really strange indeed. I posted a photograph tonight of us sitting out having coffee on Sunday in the sunshine. Seems a long time ago now! Lily

Brownieville Girl said...

Natalya you really should give them a go, great result for little effort!!!

I hope you managed to keep the cookies company BL!!

Lily, a big welcome after all the hassle:-D
Loved the photos.

I'm busy voting Bigarade!!

BetterLate said...

I kept the cookies company so assiduously that there are none left now :-o. I agree with you about the amount of sugar in the Jons, btw - I shall cut it down to half next time I make them.