An eager attempt at baking

We are so happy to have our new 'Food' section up and running that we've decided to try and test as many recipe's as possible and share with you our successes and misfortunes.  Here is my (not so impressive) attempt at baking a fantastic recipe: Spiced Oatmeal Cookies, captured by me and my trusted companion.. iPhone.


First step, cream shortening and brown sugar in a bowl.  (For the shortening, you can use half a cup of butter and half a cup of margarine)

Then, add the eggs & milk and mix well.

Next combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a separate bowl.

This is where I went slightly wrong and decided to add a large amount of dried coconut flakes - why not be adventurous I thought..

Add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture.

Fold over until it looks something like this:


Finally, use a spoon to drop small balls of the mixture on to a greased baking tray, keeping them approximately 2 inches apart from each other.


Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until done. 

You should end up with a couple dozen cookies depending on how large or small you'd like them.  They should look like this!


The extra coconut that I added made the cookies a little bit dry, so the lesson of the moment is to follow the recipe exactly!  Other than that they were great cookies - the batter tastes pretty awesome as well.. just saying.

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