… yes they’re ugly and yes they are possibly burnt at the edges… but I am now officially run down. I have a sore through that makes me sound like a 40-a-day smoker and it’s truly time for a long weekend in bed. I always find it hysterical how the body knows to wait till you’ve done all the heavy lifting and then suddenly wham! Here comes the flu. It’s as though your body has a valve that only releases when it knows you’re ready and it’s not just me either. I sat around a table yesterday with all the people that had been working hard on the same project and everyone either had the sniffles, a sore throat or full blown flu. The work I do calls for manic periods of late nights and long days followed by calmer periods planning and it’s really hard because of course I enjoy the planning period; doing the research for the project, designing the look, organising the event, talking with suppliers but what I get a thrill our of is that manic moment when we’re in the middle of a set-build or when the event is about to go live and all that hard work comes together… I just wish it wouldn’t always have to end with a runny nose… anyway, i’m not after any sympathy, just filling you in….
honey, oat and cranberry cookies
…as you can probably see i’m having real issues with cookies, every batch I’ve made recently have spread so disastrously across the baking tin that they look dreadful, even though they rase gorgeous… I made these cookies as my friend The Lincolnshire Chef was coming for tea but they didn’t go down too well… I mean, come on, how daft, of all the things in my repertoire to make I made these funny little spread-out and burnt around the edges biscuits… his tip of putting them into the fridge first before baking should be a real charmer and so i’ll try that next time. In the meantime I present to you some very strange shaped cookies…
50g butter at room temp
50g caster sugar
1tablespoon set honey or dessert spoon of runny honey
1 free-range egg
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
50g wholemeal flour
1teaspoon baking powder
80g porridge oats
50g dried cranberries
pre-heat the oven to 180 C and line a large baking sheet
in a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until soft, then beat in the honey, add the egg and cinnamon powder and mix well
in another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, oats and cranberries and mix together before adding to the butter mixture.
drop heaped dessertspoonfuls of the cookie dough onto the baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden then remove them from the oven, they should be golden but will still seem a tiny bit soft to the touch… leave them on the tray for a bit before transferring them to a cooling tray to completely cool.
as these little treats are inspired by my mum’s love of honey I am entering them into this months Treat Petite bloggers challenge which has the theme of Mum and is hosted alternately by Stuart from CakeyBoi and Kat The Baking Explorer … they are also going over to the Tea Time Treats challenge hosted by Karen from Lavender and Lovage which has Biscuits and Cookies as the theme.
eat and of course, enjoy!