Thursday, January 2, 2014

Cookies and beer!

So we have established that I love to cook and I got one of those awesome Kitchen Aid stand mixers as a Christmas here was the first recipe, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. I wanted to make a lighter version than normal of course, that's how I roll. 
The recipe calls for:
-1 and 1/2 cups of white wheat flour
-1 cup of sugar (used splenda baking mix because I was low on sugar)
-1 cup of brown sugar
- 2 eggs (used 1/2 cup of egg whites because I was low on eggs)
-1 tsp of baking soda
-1 tsp of salt
-1 cup of butter or oil (or in my case applesauce)
-chocolate chips (however many you like)
-3 cups of old fashioned oats
-1 tsp of vanilla

The first step was measuring the dry ingredients and mixing those up in a bowl then you mix the apple sauce and sugars together in the mixer until well blended and slightly fluffy.Once the wet ingredients are all mixed add the dry in gradually mixing on a low speed. The second to last ingredient you add will be the oats, it calls for 3 cups but that may seem like a bit too much, you should use at least 2 and 1/2 cups though. The very last ingredient are you chocolate chips and those you should mix in with a spoon or spatula because the mixer will break up the chips. 
The mixer worked fabulously! Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites but are no fun making by hand because the dough is very thick and hard to stir, the mixer held up nicely and plowed right through the thick dough. 
Pop rounded spoonfuls on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 mins
Since we whipped these up on a Sunday afternoon we thought we enjoy a nice amber beer with them. Fat Tire New Belgium Ale is one of our favorites, it was a rare find in Ohio up until about a year ago. This is a fairly light amber so if you are not normally and amber fan go ahead and give this one a try, the flavor is a bit malty but not to dry and it pairs nicely with just about everything from chocolate ship oatmeal cookies to a greasy burger and fries. 

We had so much fun whipping up these cookies, I'm excited for the next recipe to try with the mixer. I am thinking I need to do a pizza or some kind of bread...hmmm keep your eyes peeled for more!

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