Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I miss baking.

Freshly ground whole wheat is so pretty, don't you think? We needed bread, so I lugged my impossibly heavy wheat grinder out of the pantry and put it to work.

Baked goods give me heartburn these days. And ever since we opened Yodipity, my sweet tooth has been sufficiently satisfied so that my every-other-day baking sessions are no longer needed. I've been using my bread maker, but it's just not the same. Happily, yesterday's neighborhood block party gave me a good excuse to bake some cookies. It felt good.

I made standard Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies. They are a favorite around here.

Here's the recipe I use (it's from the Quaker Oats canister):

1/2 pound butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups oats
1 cup chocolate chips (or raisins)

1. Heat oven to 350.
2. Beat together butter and sugars til creamy.
3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well.
5. Stir in oats and chocolate chips; mix well.
6. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
7. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes about 4 dozen.

Sometimes I use whole wheat flour or add coconut (yesterday I did both). I usually only make half a batch, as I would most likely eat my weight in them if I could.

Stella enjoyed a cookie after her nap. She really did like it, I promise. What a silly girl she is.

Speaking of cookies and Yodipity, did you know that they have freshly baked cookies to add to your yogurt now? I may never need to bake again.


  1. those look yummy. you should try the monster cookies on my recipe blog. they don't use flour, just peanut butter, oats, and loads of other goodies.

  2. I cannot wait to try the recipe...maybe today!

    Those eyes on Stella are precious!

  3. Oatmeal chocolate chip are Brandon's absolute favorites. I only really like them with milk chocolate chips for some reason.

  4. your wheat is so pretty!!
    i ground my kernals up yesterday with my vita mix and was so pleased with the results! I think Ill just have to try those cookies!

  5. I love fresh ground flour too! I love to use it in cookies! I like the grainy texture it gives them. Coconut - now that is a great idea to include in this cookie! I love coconut!

  6. those cookies sound like heaven. i also love the container you have for your whole wheat.

  7. When you use the wheat flour, do you use the same amount that the recipe calls for in white flour?

  8. micah and lindsey-

    i usually do about half whole wheat, half white.

  9. You opened a yodipity yogurt too? wow....I look forward to eating at one one day!

  10. There is a lot of attitude in that picture. lol Adorable.


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