This is a recipe review, which means this is a recipe that I did not personally come up with, but that I tried out and am giving my opinion on how the recipe turned out. For legal reasons I cannot post these recipes, but I can tell you where you can get them yourself.
This recipe appeared in the Good Eats episode entitled “Oat Cuisine II“.
While the Chocolate Chip has to be America’s favorite homemade cookie, the more health conscious folks make their oatmeal cookies. Oats are full of good things for our bodies. They are heart friendly with their load of good cholesterol. I have never been a huge oatmeal cookie fan, I would rather have chocolate chip, but I was willing to give these a try. I was really intrigued by Alton’s idea of replacing wheat flour with oat flour. They are oatmeal cookies, so why use wheat flour? The oat flour is made by turning toasted rolled oats into a powder that looks like whole wheat flour. Here are my notes from this recipe. Click here to get the full recipe on Food Network’s website.
1. I do not have a food processor. I really want to get one, but aren’t able to at this time. So I didn’t know if I could make the “oat flour”. I tried a blender instead. And it still worked. It was a little more work and I had to be careful not to overheat the motor of the blender.
2. Alton decided to soak his raisins in some rum. I just added them as it. You can do either, or just leave them out. Or you could add dried cranberries or chocolate chips, the choice is yours.
3. I recommend using a disher to form the cookies. It makes your life so much easier. Mine broke so I had a hard time getting cookies that were all the same size. Also I ended up with cookies that looked like a sunny side up egg. As for the number of cookies I ended up with a weird number because again I didn’t have them all the same size.
4. If you think your cookies are spreading too thin for your liking, you can chill the dough for at least a half hour before baking. This will harden the butter and the cookies won’t spread as much.
Alton promised these would be the “Oatiest” oatmeal cookies of all time. I found that to be true, the volume on the oat flavor was turned up several notches. Although I was disappointed in their apperance (because of the previously mentioned broken disher), I wasn’t disappointed in the taste of these cookies.
Recipe Grade: B+
Also check out my review of another recipe from that same show for Oat Waffles.