I’ve joined another baking group. It’s only for 12 weeks. Only. This will keep me extra busy, but it’s cookies. I can’t turn down an opportunity to make more cookies! A group of great bloggers decided to post a new cookie every Friday for twelve weeks leading up to Christmas. You can never have too many options for those Christmas cookie trays, can you? Well, we’re here to help. Check it out here (I’ll leave a link to all the other blogger’s posts for the week as well) every Friday for the next 12 weeks. I think that’s pretty cool and am excited to see everyone else’s posts! These next 12 weeks will coincide with the new French Friday's With Dorie group as hundreds of us begin cooking and baking our way through Dorie Greenspan’s new book, Around My French Table. So be sure to check out both posts each week!
For my first cookie, I decided to make one of my favorite cookies--Amazing Hard Boiled Egg Oatmeal Cookies. I’ve made these cookies many times. Check the link back to the origin of these cookies that Anna at Cookie Madness, Rita at Clumbsy Cookie and I collaborated on a couple years ago.
Besides being different because the egg in these cookies is hard boiled, the cookie dough for these is also made in the food processor. Cold pieces of butter are added to the flour and pulsed until mealy. Then you pulse in the sugars, oats and other ingredients. The egg is added last and binds the dough together. I have found this makes, well, amazing cookies, hence the name. ;)
Amazing Hard Boiled Egg Oatmeal Cookies, by Katrina (Baking and Boys!), Anna (Cookie Madness) and Rita (Clumbsy Cookie)
4 oz. cold unsalted butter (1 stick)
4 1/2 oz. all purpose flour (1 cup)
1/2 cup quick oats, or if using old-fashioned oats, grind down in the food processor a little
4 tablespoon granulated sugar
3 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 hard boiled egg. chopped (either hard boiled or a lightly beaten egg cooked in microwave in 10 second intervals)
1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In bowl of food processor, pulse flour and butter until mealy. Add sugars, honey, salt, soda, cinnamon and vanilla. Pulse again until mealy. Add oats. Pulse. Add the egg and pulse until combined. Remove to a medium size bowl and work in the walnuts and raisins with your hands. Dough will be a bit crumbly, but will come together as you form it into a ball. Form the dough in to 2 ounce balls. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake about 15 minutes. Do not overbake, I only baked mine 13:30 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet five minutes, then remove cookies to cooling rack. (I thought these were good just slightly warm, but are great completely cooled, too!) Makes 9 cookies about 2 ounces each.
One of the reasons I really like these cookies, besides the great taste, is that I think they stack up nicely and are great for wrapping up 4-5-6 of them in cellophane with a pretty bow and giving away. There are also so many different things you could add to these cookies—any nuts you’d like, any dried fruit, chocolate chips, white chocolate, toffee bits, the list is endless and they all work great—I’ve tried many things.
There is also a recipe for Amazing Hard Boiled Egg Chocolate Chip Cookies and some with added toffee bits and pecans that were just heavenly. And another we did a couple years ago that I need to remake again is also the Amazing Hard Boiled Egg Double Chocolate Cookies. These cookies are really great.
I had the pleasure of going to lunch and meeting a fellow blogger that I hadn’t met yet. Suzanne from Thru The Bugs On My Windshield was in town from her home state of Texas and we decided to meet and have lunch. She had already been to The Red Iguana and was raving about it on her blog just a few days before we were deciding where to meet up for lunch. I didn’t have to twist her arm much and get her to agree to go there again so I could try it out. The Red Iguana has received much acclaim as Salt Lake City’s best Mexican food for many years. They have seven different mole sauces on their menu, some great salsas and chile sauce and a killer menu of Mexican food. I had the tuna fish tacos and they were great.
The food was great, but it was even more fun to meet Suzanne. Thanks, Suzanne! Check out her blog and what amazing pictures she takes as well as the yummy recipes she shares. Since I’d made some of the oatmeal cookies I’m sharing here today for the first week of our 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies, I wanted to share some with Suzanne. So I wrapped up a nice stack of them for her (and forgot to photograph it for your viewing pleasure). Perfect edible gift giving if you ask me.