Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Chocolate, Walnut and Oat Biscuits...

When I made this batch of biscuits recently, I was unsure how popular they'd be with my kids. I knew the chocolate chip factor would be well accepted; the oats? No problem, but I wasn't too sure about the inclusion of the walnuts and the little people.

Kids can be so dang fussy!

I need not have concerned myself. Just as soon as these biscuits were baked, the kids were buzzing about the kitchen like flies, waiting for the okay to taste. This opportunity did not arrive until the following day however. (I was baking for lunchboxes after all.)

I baked these right on dinnertime and it was one of those last minute, crazy ideas that once you've started you think why? WHY?!! Total, end of a school day mayhem...

Anyhoos, I am so glad I did make these biscuits because by all accounts, they're a bit delicious - almost in a too good for the tastes of kids kind of way.

If you think walnuts are beyond the palate of your children or you've allergy fears, try this plainer chocolate chip cookie recipe I have blogged previously. If you're keen to learn more on these biscuits however, read on...

This recipe makes a whopping great batch of around 24 cookies of decent size. (Actually, I am pretty sure it made even more but there was a bit of snacking involved shortly after the baking process.) They're healthy and adult friendly, super-nice with tea or as a mid-morning snack while you deal with your day.

Chocolate, Walnut and Oat Cookies:

150 grams of margarine (or butter)
1, 1/2 cups of light brown sugar (crystals)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1, 1/2 cups of plain flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of chopped walnuts
2, 1/2 cups of rolled oats
Approx. 3/4 cup of chocolate chips.

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C.

Mix together the margarine and sugar and when creamed, add eggs and vanilla. (I used an electric mixer for fast results.)

Add the flour, baking powder, salt and stir well before adding the rolled oats, chocolate chips and walnuts.

At this point I had a few little helpers around who are always keen to 'step up to the plate' so to speak!

On baking paper lined biscuit trays, spoon clumps of cookie dough, brick-wall style.
This batter is quite wet and I was worried this meant my cookies were going to blend from several smaller cookies into one gigantic cookie on my baking sheet. Thankfully, this does not happen at all, thanks to the use of plain flour over SR. They grow, but don't really spread like some other catastrophic cookie baking attempts I have made! (You know the kind I mean - the mega cookie!)
Pop your cookies in the oven for around 10-15 minutes depending on your oven. I found closer to 15 minutes sufficient for the nice, golden glow of an appetising biscuit. Allow the cookies to cool on the tray before transferring to an airing rack.

Remember how I said I had chosen to bake these at a really inconvenient time of day - the witching hour?
Well, while my cookies baked, here's some cute little behind-the-scenes shots from my kitchen at this time of day:

Chocolate chip munching and funny toddler faces...

Stab! Stab! Stab! Over-mixing of the dough remaining in the bowl by the six year old, keen to get every single cookie onto a baking sheet so that he could lick the dishes clean... (There were probably a few unauthorised 'taste tests' happening when my back was turned too.)

And then...bench climbing antics from the toddler in an effort to get in on the bowl licking action!

Perfectly baked cookies just keep coming from this recipe so it's a highly recommended one if you've need for a whole lot of biscuits, quickly. Baking these can save you quite a bit of cash on lunchbox snacks and they're a pretty healthy option too. My kids love them!

Finally, the bowl-cleaning finale!
Have you ever baked a mega cookie?!
Is your kitchen as insane as mine when you are baking?
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  1. Yum! They're like really fancy ANZAC biscuits:) #TeamIBOT

    1. They are kinda aren't they. I have just blogged ANZACS too, which are slightly less work to make. (Not that these were work at all mind you.)

  2. Yum! They're like really fancy ANZAC biscuits:) #TeamIBOT

  3. You are brave attempting baking at dinnertime but these look delicious. I'd eat a few of those with my cup of tea for sure.

    1. Sometimes there's just no choice is there. They are yummy though and they make good bribes...

  4. Yes, my kitchen definitely is just as insane. I have to have my eyes everywhere! These look yummo. I'm not a fan of walnuts either, but chopped finely I think I could do it.

    1. Renee, I think these would be great with any chopped nut you prefer if walnuts are not your thing. Try almonds or macadamias.

  5. Hahaha I love the photos! And the biscuits look delicious! I love walnuts in biscuits, and who can go wrong with chocolate?

    1. Thank you! I like to tell it how it is - chaos all day everyday!

  6. Looks fantastic and I will definitely be trying this recipe soon.

  7. Yes I have been crazy to multitask I the kitchen by baking and cooking dinner. It's stressful and insane but at least there us the food afterwards!

    1. ...and that's the ultimate goal of the madness - totally agree. :D

  8. Yes, yes and YES!! What a fab flavour combination... and so easy too!

  9. Ooh walnuts and chocolate is my fave flavour combo! Will try & make these dairy free using Nuttelex & cacao nibs :)

    1. Ooh that sounds delish - might have a go at that too.

  10. I promised to bake at least one batch of cookies a week for my lot (so much better than shop bought!). I love oats in cookies. Chocolate chips are always a plus and the walnuts?...What's not to like?

    My two are well into their teens and still hover round when I'm baking, but ask them to get stuck in (apart from the licking of the spoons) and they disappear like magic!

    Pinning for future reference.

    1. If they aren't aware that you're baking, the aroma soon gives it away! Sometimes I try to do a sneaky bake but the kids always discover it. Thanks for the Pin too. :D

  11. These looks pretty darn good hun and how cute are your munchkins helping you out xx

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  13. Looks delicious. My 5 year old loves cookies so much. Baking has been part of our daily routine. It can get bit of messy. We are very grateful that help is always available for us. We can ask my mother in law or hire help to clean house. I'll definitely try it this weekend. I'm sure my daughter will love this. Thanks for sharing six little hearts.


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