Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with Currants and Toasted Nuts
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.