Sunday, October 23, 2005


My goal is to try to bake at least one new thing every weekend. For you avid bakers, I'm sure that doesn't sound like much, but with everything going on lately - work and moving - I need to keep things simple.

What to bake? Looking through my Mastercook "Recipes To Try" cookbook, this recipe from Martha Stewart sounded tempting: Oatmeal Pecan Chocolate-Chunk Cookies.

I always use chocolate chips in place of chunks - it's easier and usually more economical. Strangely enough, I seek out the cookies in the batch that have the least amount of chocolate chips. Because of this, I cut the amount of chocolate chips down to 10 ounces and there were still plenty. This was a very thick batter and didn't seem like it would need to be chilled first, but I chilled anyway since chilling tends to reduce the amount of spreading. I almost never make big cookies unless I'm giving them away. I like to snack too much and smaller cookies are better for snacking. I made regular-sized cookies and baked them for about 12-13 minutes.

I've tasted the first cookie and it's very good. If you like oats and nuts - and I do - you'll love this cookie. Crispy on the outside, tender and chewy on the inside.

Just for the heck of it, I'll throw in another Martha Stewart recipe - Kitchen Sink Cookies. As the title suggests, this cookie is chock-full of anything and everything. It's a very tasty cookie, but I find that the quality definitely goes downhill quickly, so eat fast or share because they taste best if eaten in the first few days.


  1. Those cookies look delicious!

  2. Mmm those look great. And thanks for throwing in the MS recipe. I hear you. Everytime I'm off on the weekends I want to devote at least one day to making something new and fun.

  3. Thanks for the MS recipe. I like cookies that don't require the mixer. I've yet to make a MS recipe but this might be the first one!

  4. thank you for the kitchen sink recipe. i've been disappointed by kitchen sink cookies i find in bakeries (not chocolatey enough), and these come out great. i subbed dried cranberries for the raisins. and i halved the recipe and made the cookies in small batches for immediate consumption. the batter kept in the fridge for eight days, and might have kept even longer; i just ran out.

  5. grammar lammer - Glad you enjoyed the KS cookies. They are one of my favorite.