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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

We're back to warm weather here in Arizona. The last few days have been in the mid-80's. Of course, Lady Snow has been happy because it means nice afternoon walks and lots of play time at the dog park. I have to say that is one of the nicest parts of living in a city. When we lived back east in a small town there were very few opportunities to socialize your dog or to socialize yourself with other dog owners. Everyone had their own yard and pretty much stuck to it except for walks on a leash. Living in a city, we can take Snow to the park and she can play with lots of other dogs and other people as well. I've also found that she is a real chick magnet. Well, at least if the "chicks" are under 10 years old. It's so funny to watch kids, especially the little girls with her. She does look like a stuffed animal and they just can't get enough of her.

Lady Snow in her K9KoolHat that she got at the Fair.
Our girl has also gotten into a routine in the kitchen. Whenever I am working in the kitchen she parks herself right up against the counter in case anything should happen to fall off. She's more than happy to scoop up whatever lands on the floor before I can get to it. Of course, I now have to be extra careful when I'm baking with chocolate because she's right there waiting for any to go flying when I'm chopping or grating!

This morning, we're headed over to a citywide pet event at Reid Park. Some friends of ours want to meet her and were going to be at the event. So, we'll be dropping off Michael at work then heading to the Arizona Animal Fair for a few hours. I decided to make some Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies to share with Tomi and Cara when we saw them this morning at the park.

These cookies are really easy to do and have a great butterscotch flavor. I just love the taste of butterscotch played against a subtle flavor of cinnamon with a chewy oatmeal base and the slightest hint of salt. Very satisfying and filling for a cookie! This recipe turns out about 4-5 dozen scrumptious cookies (depending on your measure).


Recipe: Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup Turbinado Sugar (or packed light brown sugar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups quick-cooking or rolled oats, uncooked
  • 1 3/4 cups butterscotch chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter and granulated sugar and Turbinado sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture beating until well mixed. Stir in oats and butterscotch chips. Use a medium cookie scoop (or heaping teaspoon) to drop onto parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and set. Cool slightly on baking sheet then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Quick Notes

Turbinado sugar is also sold as "Sugar in the Raw."

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Total time: 20 min
Number of servings (yield): 48
Meal type: snack
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
Copyright © Buck Bannister and Sugar Pies.
Recipe by Buck Bannister.

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