Baking to the rescue!

It’s the first Friday after the return to school post lockdown number…who knows at this stage! So we’ve survived the first week and gotten to that point in the day between meals after a little wind-down telly time and the kids are full of beans and it could easily turn to mischief!

 

It’s the perfect time to do some family baking. To some, this may sound like I’ve lost it completely but before you do just hear me out. Baking something easy and quick with kids can be a very enjoyable experience for all, with the added bonus of a tasty treat for everyone at the end – it’s a win-win! The kids have basically gotten permission to make somewhat of a mess, feel different textures in their small hands and engage with food in a location other than the dining room table where they inevitably complain about something on their plate that you’ve slaved over.

 

But to make this a flawless plan where you come off as the coolest parent in the land, you have to pick your recipe carefully. You want a recipe that’s straightforward, no fancy equipment or techniques involved, and tastes amazing to give you all a huge boost.

 

So this is my go-to recipe, a beautiful batch of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. They are insanely good when eaten warm from the oven with a cold glass of milk but equally just as luscious from the cookie jar with a cuppa and a movie post kid’s bedtime.

 

What’s more, if you’re feeling adventurous you can always give them your own twist and substitute the chocolate chips with dried cranberries or raisins or try decorating them with a chocolate drizzle instead of chips. The most important thing is that you enjoy the process of baking them as well as munching on them afterwards.

So here goes!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Makes approximately 18

Prep time: 10 mins (but it depends how small your little helpers are)

Baking time 12-15 mins

 

Equipment needed:

1 big bowl

1 big spoon for mixing

1 teaspoon

Weighing scales

2 baking trays lined with baking paper

Wire rack

Fish slice

 

Ingredients:

115g self-raising flour

115g porridge oats

115g light soft brown sugar

115g chocolate chips

25g desiccated coconut

½ tsp sodium bicarbonate

½ tbsp vanilla essence

1 tbsp golden syrup

140g melted butter

Preheat your oven to 180C/ 160C fan assisted/ gas Mark 4/ 350F.

Mix all of the dry ingredients in the big bowl, including the chocolate chips. Now add in all of the wet ingredients and give everything a big stir. Don’t worry if the chocolate melts a little from the heat of the butter, it adds to the flavour!

Mould the cookies in your hands into golf ball-sized balls and place them, spaced out onto the baking trays. You may need to squeeze them together a little bit and if they fall apart again don’t worry, you can’t overwork this mixture.

Once they’ve all been shaped into golf balls, flatten each cookie down slightly with your hand so that they become more circular than ball-shaped.

Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until the cookies are lightly golden brown. Take them out of the oven and leave them on the trays for 5 minutes. If you move them before they’ve set they’ll fall apart so resist this move as much as possible. After 5 minutes use a fish slice to transfer them onto the wire rack to cool fully or let’s be honest onto a plate so they can be enjoyed right away!

These cookies will stay fresh for up to 5 days in an airtight container but they’ve never lasted that long in this house.

 

A few things extra:

If you’re not a fan of desiccated coconut just leave it out altogether but do make sure to decrease the melted butter quantity to 115g otherwise your cookie mixture won’t stick together.

If your cookies won’t stick together try adding a little more melted butter, the amount of natural moisture in ingredients like desiccated coconut or flour can alter the consistency of a bake sometimes.

Finally, try as much as possible to use light, soft brown sugar in this recipe as it adds a gorgeous caramelly undertone that is delicious!

I hope that you enjoy this recipe with your smallies or as a solo endeavour. Never forget that there is nothing to fear when it comes to baking, give it a go and have some fun!

Love,

Jen

 

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