Last night, something very strange went on in our house… my mum and I baked cookies for the first time EVER!! My dog Poppy barked at me as I was stirring the ingredients in the mixing bowl as if to say, ‘you don’t belong here?!’ and she’s probably right. As far as domestic goddess-ness goes, I’m less Martha Stewart, more Miranda! This was definitely highlighted when I was reading measurements from my iPhone and asked my mum how to tell the difference between tablespoon and teaspoon (tsp – it could be either, right?!) and she replied with, “Well, teaspoon is the one you use to stir tea”, assuming that instead of not knowing the abbreviations, I didn’t know a tablespoon from a teaspoon. Oh dear.
Since becoming vegan, I have realised that there are lots of yummy treats I won’t be able to buy in shops anymore, so I have decided to step up my game and take this opportunity to make my own healthier AND dare I say yummier versions! I decided to start with mine and my mum’s favourite cookie: oatmeal and raisin with a dash of lemon and apple. Bakery abbreviation blunders aside, our first baking session went really well and the cookies turned out to be DELICIOUS.
So, enough of my rambling, and here is the recipe to make these bad boys (and I’m going to spell out tablespoon or teaspoon for y’all just in case anyone finds these abbreviations as confusing as I do)!
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup margarine
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tea spoon baking soda
- 1 tea spoon cinnamon
- 1 tea spoon nutmeg
- 3 cups oatmeal
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup sultanas
- 1 apple
- 1 lemon
- Preheat the oven to 250°c
- Mix together the sugar and margarine until smooth
- Add in the almond milk and stir until the milk has combined with the mixture
- Add in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir until well mixed
- Add in the oatmeal, raisins, sultanas, and apple (peeled and chopped into small chunks and soaked in lemon juice) and stir
- Squeeze 1 whole lemon’s juice into the mixture and stir so that it is even throughout
- Spoon small balls of the mixture onto a baking tray covered in baking paper and flatten
- Bake in the oven for around 15 minutes or until done (note: staring at them the entire time like Poppy did is optional)
- Finally, leave them to cool for 10 minutes, then enjoy your yummy cookies!