Thursday, October 15, 2009

Polly's Pep Oatmeal Cookies

I thought I should type some recipes tonight, so here is one that I invented.  This is a cookie recipe I came up last year.  It is an excellent addition to your gorp to take along to the hiking trip.  It will give your taste bud an awakening experience and tired body a zing! from the surprise chili pepper in this Oatmeal cookies or bars?  The consistency of this cookie is close to a bar cookie rather than the soft chewy oatmeal cookies.

Yield:  24
Preheat Ovent to 350'F          Bake at 350'F 7 to 10 min.
Tools:  Measuring spoons, measuring cups, spatula, medium size microwavable glass mixing bowl, Cookie Sheet, Silipat (if you have one), or parchment paper (silicone base), cooling rack, oven mittens. Anything else you can think of.  :-)

1 C Old Fashion Oatmeals
1 Stick Butter
1/2 C Pure Cane Sugar
1/2 tsp Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
3/4 C AP Flour
1/8 tsp Kosher Salt
Chili Pepper Flakes

In a medium size glass bowl, Mix and Microwave - 1 Minutes -  1 Cup Oats and 1 Stick Butter first.
Stir to make sure that Oatmeal is somewhat cooked in the melted butter.
Take out and stir--becareful, it is hot.  Stir to COOL--about 2 minutes.
*Remember, you will be adding baking soda and powder, so the mixture should be cool.
Shift Flour, Baking Soda, and Baking Powder, Kosher Salt toghther.
Add them to the Oatmeal mixture.  Sprinkle in Chili Pepper Flakes - give a three shakes.
*Depending on the size of the holes of the chili pepper shaker or the amount you and your family or the loved ones can handle, sprinkle with care.
Use your hand to mush them together into a coarse meal.

Prepare the cookie sheet with parchment paper or line it with Silipat.
Use a Tablespoon and scoop a tablespoon size dough onto the baking sheeting.
If you prefer a super large size cookies.   Go ahead.  Do it.
The dough will feel dry and crumbly.  So, form into the best shape that will hold together.  Round? Square? be creative.

Bake for 7 to 10 minutes, depending on your oven's personality.
Take it out.

Do not transfer cookies off the cookie sheet.
Cool the sheet on top of the cooling rack -- so you won't burn your kitchen counter.

Wrap them in foil or pack them in a sandwich bag to take along to your favorite hiking trip.
Enjoy!   oh, and don't forget to warn your friends about the surprise in it, the chili pepper flakes or don't forget to ask them if they are allergic to chili pepper, etc.

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