Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with Currants and Toasted Nuts

Chewy currant oatmeal cookies
Chewy currant oatmeal cookies

Dear Diary,

This recipe for chewy oatmeal cookies is really spot on. The cookies come out tasting chewy, not too sweet and have a nice bite and flavour from the toasted nuts. I particularly like little bursts of sweetness from the currants.  The  flour serves its purpose as a binding agent without leaving the cookies tasting too doughy. I like that these chewy currant oatmeal cookies are so easy to make. Once  they are done baking there is very little cleaning up to do. Although a hand mixer is utilized in the recipe, a simple whisk works just as well.

Rolled Oats vs Quick Cooking Oats

I have made these cookies with quick cooking oats and rolled oats. I however prefer when they are made with rolled oats. Regular oatmeal or  rolled oats, is made with whole rolled oats that are steamed and then flattened. While both types of oats cook rather quickly, the rolled oats give the cookies a nice, chewy texture. In addition to that, they are clearly visible in the finished product. I also like that this gives the cookies a more rustic look when baked.

Quick cooking oats have the same flavor as regular rolled oats. The main difference being that they have been coarsely chopped, hence they are in smaller pieces and cook more quickly. The cookies that are made with quick cooking oats will have the same flavor profile but the look and texture will be somewhat different. For these chewy oatmeal cookies, rolled oats is recommended.

The baking time also plays an important roll in the texture of the cookies. The longer the cookies are baked, the crispier they will be. It is therefore important to ensure that the time is monitored carefully if you want the cookies to have a chewy texture. For this recipe, my cookies come out perfect at 11 minutes and 11 seconds exactly. A common mistake is thanking that the cookies are not yet done because they are soft to the touch in the center. Do not be fooled, once the edges have turned golden brown, the slight softness in the center is just an indication of their chewiness. Take them out of the oven.

Chewy Currant Oatmeal Cookies - A Tasty Treat
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This recipe makes 12 delicious chewy currant oatmeal cookies. It's easy to do, in very little time.
Servings Prep Time
12 persons 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 persons 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Chewy Currant Oatmeal Cookies - A Tasty Treat
Yum
Print Recipe
This recipe makes 12 delicious chewy currant oatmeal cookies. It's easy to do, in very little time.
Servings Prep Time
12 persons 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 persons 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: persons
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and brush cookie sheet with melted butter or non stick spray.
  2. Place the nuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for approximately 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and the nutty aroma becomes prominent. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before chopping them into small pieces.
  3. Place butter and sugar in a large bowl, and using a hand mixer and beat until the mixture is of a smooth and creamy consistency.
  4. Add the egg, vanilla and almond extract and mix to evenly combine all the ingredients.
  5. In a separate bowl sift in flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Add these to the butter and sugar mixture and beat until all they have been fully incorporated.
  6. Using a fork, stir in the oats, nuts and currants until evenly combined.
  7. Using two spoons or a small ice cream scoop, drop the cookie dough onto the pre-greased cookie sheet, ensuring to leave a few inches between each cookie. Wet your fingers and gently press the top of the cookie dough to flatten them slightly.
  8. Bake the cookies for approximately 10-12 minutes or until the edges start to turn a golden brown color while the center is just a bit soft to the touch.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven an allow them to cool for approximately 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire, cooling rack.
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