It’s the beginning of rainy season here which means it’s really hot, humid and just plain wet here. The rest of the country is getting all excited about Summer fun in the sun….we tend to hide in the shade running from air-conditioned space to air-conditioned space. I was at the local home improvement store and as I do every year at this time I looked longingly at the vegetable plants they have for sale. Down here in zone 11 we generally don’t plant veggies until October. I usually wonder why they are even allowed to sell them as they are ordinarily unusable here. This year may be different though.
They had a whole bunch of tomatoes and other veggies that say they are proven to grow and produce well even in our heat and humidity. Before you all get upset with me they also claim these plants are heirloom varieties and not GMO. In the interest of honesty I will say that I have my very serious doubts about that but the tags on each plant say they are true heirloom plants.
In my garden I currently have golden pineapples, mangos, figs and strawberries blooming. I love the idea of having summer crops. I might be able to spare myself the envy of seeing all of your blogs filled with gorgeous summer crops while my garden withers in the horrible heat. I’m really considering these new varieties. We got so excited at the thought of not hiding indoors for the summer that we made a purchase we’ve debated for years….we finally took the plunge and bought a Big Green Egg Grill. Those grills are extremely expensive by our standards anyway. It is serving as a Fathers Day gift as well as a Birthday gift for Hubby. When things are expensive we use up any and all holidays to cover the expense (yes, it simply makes us feel better). Even though this fancy grill is for Hubby I am super excited because I am told that this thing bakes great bread!!!! I can’t wait to bake my first loaf. I’m so excited about it I’m giddy. GIDDY!!
Now….back to the kitchen. I have been trying to get my family to enjoy oatmeal cookies for years. Hubby simply hates them. I actually rather like them myself. Then my kids rejected the raisins and I had nowhere to go with this. Until today. Today I decided to re-work the recipe and dial-up the things that my family loves while keeping the amount of healthy oatmeal as high as it should be. I did it. These cookies are divine. Hubby ate two before he asked if I had tricked him into eating oatmeal cookies. When I told him yes he said “what took me so long”. Sigh. These people don’t appreciate me. I feed them so well and I wash their clothes….Do you have any idea what my kids clothes smell like after a full day playing in the Florida heat!!!!! Good grief….
Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies ~ Tamatha Mavraides
2 sticks of butter softened (1/2 lb)
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs (room temperature)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup cocoa powder (I use dark)
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (best quality not instant coffee)
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (NOT INSTANT)
2 cups best quality chocolate chips
Here we go…
In the work bowl of your standing mixer cream the butter and sugars together. Cream them until nice and light.
Add the eggs one at a time mixing well after each. Then add the vanilla.
In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt, baking soda, cocoa and espresso powder.
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture.
Add the oats and the chocolate chips. Mix well but do not over mix.
Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Move the cookie dough to the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
I use a cookie scoop to portion out my cookies. They took 12 minutes to bake. The baking time depends on the size of the cookies.
These are deep rich gorgeously scrumptious cookies. The deep chocolate lends a flavor that is not too sweet which we prefer. The oatmeal gets toasted and has the best texture and flavor. I would not change a thing. Ok, maybe I would. Maybe I would eat 2. I didn’t but the night is young.
Cool on a rack and enjoy!