Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Oatmeal Cookies PINK??

Calling all foodies.

Today after school the kids and I took to inventing a PINK version of oatmeal cookies. We start with the basic oatmeal cookie recipe, one that I have used plenty of times, then change it up a bit. We used whole-wheat flour, added strawberry jam and raisins to the cookie dough. The dough looked perfect and our sample of the uncooked dough was yummy, though the kids are sure they’ll get worms if they eat uncooked dough again.

I was very excited about putting them in the oven. The 11 minutes of baking time seemed like 10 years to the four of us. Finally, the timer went off. Kids were jumping, yelling and dancing.


When I opened the oven door the cookies were NOT done and not even close. They did finally finish and they are yummy. So, why should you care?? Well I need your help. WHY ARE MY COOKIES SO DARN FLAT? Is it the flour, the jam or both? Do you know? All of my ingredients were fresh. Help?


  • 2 ½ C Oats
  • 1 ½ C Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 C Butter
  • 2/3 C Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 2/3 C Packed Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ C Strawberry Jam

Mixed then baked at 325 degrees for 15 minutes or so.


Selba said...

Hehehe.. the kids are so cute :)

Uhmmm.... why flat? probably lack of flour? Not so sure though...

Suzie said...

My guess would be not enough baking soda for the volume of flour / sugar / butter. But I do emphasise that this is a guess!

petite nyonya said...

The cookies look perfectly ok to me. As to why they became flat, I guess because the dough is too soft, thus doesn't hold its shape under heat. Perhaps it is meant to be this way, just like some peanut butter or choc chip cookies. Your kids are adorable, esp your daughter's curly hair :D

Elra said...

Oatmeal cookies, reminds me of my nephews that live miles cross the ocean (sigh). I used to make this for them. Hope they'll visit again soon.

Your cookies look really delicious!

Palidor said...

They look so delicious! I think they're flat from 1) too much moisture, and/or 2) too much fat. What was the texture of the dough? I know that's kind of hard to describe, but was it really sticky? Greasy? Soft? Whole wheat flour does need more moisture than all-purpose flour, so it's helpful to know what the texture of the dough was like.

There's a lot of moisture being added from the 1 cup of butter, the brown sugar, and then the jam. Try substituting granulated sugar for half the brown sugar.

Also, 1 cup of butter is quite a bit of fat for the amount of oats and whole wheat flour. It'll make for a super rich and buttery cookie (yum!), but it will increase spread. If the butter is cut to 1/2 or 3/4 cup, that will help.

Selba's suggestion of adding more flour will also work, as that will alter the moisture and fat ratio of the recipe.

Try one of those things (don't do all 3 or that'll lead to other problems!!!) and hopefully the cookies won't flatten out. When you try these cookies again, please let us know how they turn out!

Ruby Mountain Beads said...

I bet these are as delicious as they look. I think the video is super cool!

Cheryl said...

Those look yummy I like flat cookies and the kiddos are too cute!

Juliana said...

Hi Cassie...this cookies look delicious...I think is due to the addition of the strawberry jam, I must try this husband loves oatmeal the way did the cupcakes turn out good? First day of first exciting :-)

Talita said...

Looks reeally tasteful! I heart cookies!

Grace said...

flat doesn't bother me either--all the better to use for ice cream sandwiches! interesting jam usage, too. :)

Claudia said...

Oh cookies! We don't talk about when they went - ballistic. (I recently made chocolate chip cookie crisps - not my intention). The dancing children tell you everything!

Sweet and Savory said...

I think they look delicious. That is what counts.

You have not seen my flat cookies.

Velva said...

If only I could bake...I might be able to give advice on why your cookies are flat. However, my son loves oatmeal pies and this would be a much healthier version than what he enjoys now. I would not dare same the brand Little Debbie...shhh!.

HappyTummy said...

I agree with some of the other folks on here--there is probably too much moisture in the batter. If the strawberry jam was a straight-up addition to the original recipe (and you didn't subtract some other moisture), that's probably what it was.

That being said, the picture of the cookies looks GREAT! I'm not typicaly a fan of super thin cookies, but these look fantastic. I'm assuming they came out more on the chewy rather than crispy end? YUM!

Palidor said...

Foodie with Little Thyme!, I've tagged you. The instructions are on my blog. If you don't want to participate in the tag, that's okay. I know tags can be onerous sometimes.

Jerri said...

Hello. I just found your blog. These cookies look yummy. You have some great recipes here.

Rowena... said...

Juliana said it well enough - that jam must've been the culprit. Still, I think they look fine enough, and even better with the whipped cream!

Sara said...

I'm not sure. Is the ratio of flour and baking soda to the wet ingredients right?

They don't look bad and it sounds like they tasted good so it sounds like a success.

Krissy @ The Food Addicts said...

ooh, your oatmeal cookies look great! i bet your kids loved it!