Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Phoebe's fabulous oatmeal-raisin cookies.

I was a huge fan of 'Friends' in the 90s. To the extent that I (like 50% of the female population) even had a 'Rachel' haircut!
This recipe is taken from the 'Cooking with Friends' book. It was featured in the episode when Phoebe had to break it to Rachel that Paulo was a cheat, so makes some of the 'best oatmeal-raisin cookies in the world' to help ease the blow. Rachel thinks they're gorgeous, and wants to know why has she never tasted them before. Phoebe explains (as only Phoebe can) that she doesn't make them a lot as she doesn't think it's fair to the other cookies!
The Princess of Power had a friend over to play today, and requested cookies. I gave these a shot, and I have to say that they really are very lovely. I'll have to be very diplomatic to the other cookies from now on!

Phoebe's fabulous oatmeal-raisin cookies
Makes 24 large cookies

12 tbsp softened butter (I measured 180ml in a cup measure)
3/4 cup soft brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups plain flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups raisins
  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla until smooth.
  • Stir together oats, flour, baking powder and soda in a separate bowl. Stir the dry ingredients into the batter until combined.
  • Add in the raisins.
  • Heap desertspoonfuls of the mixture onto lined baking sheets. Leave at least 5cm between each to allow room for spreading.
  • Bake until the cookies are golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. (I cooked mine for 12 minutes, for that lovely typical chewy American cookie).
  • Cool cookies on sheets for a few minutes, and then transfer to a rack to cool further.

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