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November 17, 2011

oh so nice oatmeal hemp and spice

If you could only eat one cookie for the rest of your life what would it be?

I would say poutine… but wait that’s not a cookie!  🙂  Seriously though I don’t know how to answer that,  I think I am going to delve back into the world of cookies, and do a good run through of my favorites… trying to put my thumb on just what the perfect cookie is… all befor the holidays!

In my perfect cookie quest I will establish an essential cookie element list to bring me closer to defining the perfect cookie…

I will start this adventure with my great grandmother. She is the very reason I ended up with a cookie shop and later and entire cookie factory. She was famous for her lovely white pull-a-part buns, sticky cinnamon buns and a number of now truly famous cookies, her cookie recipes were the foundation of my business, and allowed me to reach the status of “cookie queen-dom”.

There are a number of cookies my old shop used to produce that I would indulge in on the rare occasion I was craving a cookie… but there is something very special about a select few of them, namely; oatmeal raisin, buttery shortbread and chewy gingerbread… and that is because these cookies smell like  my great grandmothers house as well as my grandmothers house. These are the cookies I grew up with and the ones that have that special smell of home, and love and warmth (even after years of producing them commercially by the tens of thousands.) Those 3 are special.

Essential cookie element 1:  The perfect cookie should evoke a feeling of warmth and comfort, even recall an old memory.

Today as I find myself in a silent snowy world, waking up to 4 fresh inches of pillowy snow I was drawn by the idea of baking and warming up my house from the heart of the  kitchen.

So this recipe is a tribute to my great grandmother, these are wholesome and not too sweet with a crunchy buttery outside texture and a delightful soft centre complete with the perfect spice combination.

in a stand mixer start by creaming:

1/2 lb of room temp organic butter

3/4 cup of organic cane sugar

slowly add :

2 small eggs (pullet eggs are ideal)

1/8 cup of farm fresh milk

and a splash of vanilla (the real deal obviously)

scrape down mixer and add:

200 g flour (whole spelt works great)

50 g organic oats

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cardamon

1 tsp all spice

1/2 tsp sea salt

once combined add

1/4 c coconut

1/4 c hemp seeds

2/3 cup organic raisins

and mix gently (don’t over mix)

allow dough to set in fridge for at least 30 minutes

then portion and bake at 300 for about 12-15 minutes.. until golden brown!

mmm the taste of home made love.