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The Day After Oat Muffins

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After two major celebration worthy holidays crammed back to back… my jeans do not fit happily. =( Today’s post will be another one of those healthy and yet tasty muffins that won’t add on to your guilt trip. I really shouldn’t have eaten that last piece of cadbury gold chocolate. Sigh. Or that extra slice of peaches and cream pie with Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream. MOPE. No help to it. At least these muffins are actually healthy and yummy.

It’s another year yet again, 2010 was whirlwind of coming of age incidents and exciting discoveries. I wonder what 2011 holds for us all. Will we finally discover aliens on mars? =O I shall write out a New Year Resolution for the Year 2011.

New Year Resolution for Miss 2011,

1. This year, I will not allow any major terrorist tragedy to occur during my reign.

2. There will be no death or destruction, wildfires and strange climate storms will cease.

3. There will be peace worldwide if only just for a year.

4. Greedy bankers and businessmen will find themselves plagued by mysterious bouts of guilt and conscience.

5. COE prices in Singapore will not go beyond 2K but all families will only be allowed one car. Rich families will have to sell their extra 8 ferraris (not like it does them any good on Singapore roads anyway) and donate the proceeds to an uncorrupt charity.

6. Charities will install mysterious robots who will whack the hands of corrupt people who try and misappropriate funds.

7. All children will be happy instead of being locked at home and made to finish assessment books.

8. Nobody would wish to divorce but couples will live together happily and resolve their differences through communication and compromise.

9. There will be no more gang attacks in Singapore, gang members who find themselves itching to do mischief will instead pick up baking.

10. Life will be good.

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Written by Musingsat

January 2, 2011 at 8:34 am

Posted in Breakfast, Healthy, Muffins, Oats

A new addiction- Oatmeal raisin cookies

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I have a confession to make. I strongly despise oatmeal raisin cookies… or at least, i did. I mean… OATMEAL? Rabbit food if it ever was. And raisins? They just remind me of hamster droppings. I’m more a double chocolate chunk cookie drenched in caramel sauce kind of girl. Unfortunately (or fortunately whichever way you see it), the people in my life love oatmeal raisin cookies…
So the other day, I attempted oatmeal raisin cookies for them. They failed miserably, turning out like oatmeal cakes instead…
Thankfully, the recipe below isn’t the one that produced the remarkable failure. It’s the recipe that I tried after the failure, which succeeded beautifully. I think I’m a convert…. these cookies are seriously addictive. They are definitely not rabbit food. My boyfriend is addicted as well, which is great, except i think i’d be baking these cookies forever.
Sadly, my sister feels that good as they are, the cookies are not yet the essence of awesome… they’re missing something. But i have no idea what it is, if you do try the cookies and find the changes, do let me know!
[Edit: I found my missing ingredient! It’s 1/4tsp of cloves]

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

adapted from bigoven
Ingredients
1 1/4 cups Butter
3/4 cup Brown sugar
1/2 cup Sugar (I used brown instead.)
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 1/2 cups All purpose flour
1 teaspoon Baking soda (I use less, like 1/2 tsp)
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg (Considering increasing this next time to 1/2 tsp)
3 cups Oats quick or old-fashioned
1 cup Raisins
Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. (I soak the raisins in hot water to soften them as well.)

Beat butter and sugars until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add combined flour, baking soda, salt and spices; mix well. Stir in oats and raisins.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. (I roll the cookies into balls with my hands instead cos they hold their form well enough)

Bake 8-9 minutes for chewy; 10-11 minutes for crunchy cookies. (I had a lot of trouble with the timings given, what I do is to set my timer at 9mins and watch they carefully until they brown. Timings are iffy things, they work differently on different ovens. So watch yours carefully!)

Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Remove to wire rack. Eat!!

Store whatever is left tightly covered so they won’t get stolen by greedy things…

Written by Musingsat

August 20, 2010 at 6:37 am

Posted in Cookies, Healthy, Oats