Strange stress relief tactic #1 – baking cookies

It’s strange that I had never baked cookies before… I’ve had plenty of stress in the past year.

But apparently it took the health scare of darling hound #2 (DH2) to bring out the strong need to bake. Immediately. Despite the fact my stomach was in knots. And I hadn’t eaten anything else. So last Monday was the start of ‘bake cookies to forget’ week.

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While it didn’t help me forget, it did (at least temporarily) soothe the savage beast within, and I did eat (several) of these.

Here is the recipe if you want to give these a go – they have that wonderful soothing ‘rustic’ homemade look and feel (i.e.: they are very unprofessional to look at, but they *are* tasty) … and really, in times of ‘need’ that’s all that matters!

Nutty Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

adapted from How it all Vegan! by Sarah Kramer

(a note – while I am not vegan, I did stick fairly faithfully to the vegan ingredient list, with the exception of the chocolate chips – feel free to exclude, or use vegan chocolate chips if desired. I also excluded cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger because I wanted something plain, and did not have these items on hand).

Ingredients

1 cup flour

3/4 cup rolled oat flakes

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/3 cup olive oil spread (or other margarine/butter)

1/4 cup almond butter (or other nut butter)

2 eggs, or replacement (I used 6 tbsp apple sauce)

a few drops vanilla essence

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

N.B – 3 tbsp apple sauce = 1 egg

Method

1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C. In a large bowl, stir together all of the ingredients (feel free to sift all of the dry ingredients and mix the wet in a separate bowl and then combine; I wanted speed and less washing up 😉

2. Once well combined, drop mounds (one heaped tablespoon should do it) on a non stick baking tray, leaving room between them for expansion (don’t follow my lead here and cut corners, or you will end up with one giant cookie – perhaps not a bad outcome?). You will note here that I used baking paper – I was using ‘old school’ non stick trays – however you won’t get that really crunchy underbelly on the cookie.

3. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden. If you like your cookies crunchy, leave in the oven for a few more minutes.

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Enjoy with coffee or tea and hopefully your troubles will seem a little further away.

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