“Best-Ever Oatmeal Cookies Recipe”

Are oatmeal cookies good for you?

These cookies have an added bonus: My Best-Ever Oatmeal Cookies are packed with a cup and a half of oats and only 3/4 cup of flour.

Oats are one of my favorite ways of getting in some stick-to-your-ribs nutrition. Oats are full of healthy fiber and keep you fuller longer. Sweet raisins, instead of chocolate chips, mean no extra added sugar or fats. The combination of these two ingredients not only gives these chewy cookies their signature flavor, but bump these oatmeal raisin cookies into a healthier territory.

[ Healthy recipes can be fun, easy, and delicious! Try my Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread too! ]

What makes a cookie chewy?

What gives these cookies their extra chew, besides the obvious rolled oats and raisins, is the combination of white and brown sugar.

When creamed with the butter the white sugar adds crunch to the outside of the cookie as it caramelizes super fast. The brown sugar has more moisture, and that molasses flavor, which when combined with white sugar creates the chewiest bite at the cookie’s center.

Prep Time1 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Chewy, tasty, and healthier than a lot of other options, my Best-Ever Oatmeal Cookies will knock your socks off!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (4 oz./115g) butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz./115g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (3 oz./85g) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg*
  • 3/4 cup (3 3/4 oz./105g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups (4 1/12 oz./128g) rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup (3 1/3 oz./94g) raisins

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Then line to large cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside. 
  • In a medium bowl combine the dry ingredients, apart from the sugars. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl cream together the butter, white and brown sugar. Once light and fluffy add the egg and the vanilla and whip until combined
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix with a spatula until the flour has just absorbed, do not over mix.
  • Lastly, fold in the oats and the raisins. 
  • using a tablespoon measure scoop heaped tablespoons of the cookie dough onto your lined cookie sheet, leaving about 1 1/2 to 2 inches between the cookies.
  • Bake for about 9-10 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown and slightly risen. Don’t be tempted to bake for longer or you will lose the gooey center. 
  • Allow the cookies to cool slightly before transferring onto a wire rack to cool fully. Enjoy!
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature. 

Recipe Notes

This dough also freezes really well for up to 3 months. Scoop it and freeze in balls so you can just take them out, defrost, and bake! 🙂

*Don’t eat eggs? Use my egg substitute chart for cookies!


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“New York Cheesecake”

Recipe of the Day

New York Cheesecake
Prep:  25 minutes
Cook:  45 minutes
Total Prep:  70 minutes
Servings:  6-8

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 – 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup sour cream

Topping:
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup sugar

Instructions:

First Prepare Crust:

Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 1/4 cup powdered sugar.

Press into a well greased, 9-inch springform pan.

Spread up the side and along the bottom of the pan.

Place in freezer and chill for 5 to 10 minutes.

Next prepare filling:

Heat oven to 400°.

In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth.

Add eggs, vanilla, and cornstarch and mix well.

Stir in  1 cup sour cream.

Pour the mixture into the cooled crust and bake for 45 minutes.

Turn off the oven and let cool 3 hours with the door slightly ajar.

Refrigerate overnight.

Prepare topping (before serving):

Combine 1 cup sour cream and 3/4 cup sugar.

Pour over chilled cheesecake before serving.


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“The Internet’s Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe”

Hi Bold Bakers!

My chewy chocolate chip cookies are AMAZING!!! They’re chock full of chocolatey goodness, the perfect amount of sweetness, and so unbelievably chewy you might consider turning your kitchen into a bakery. They’re that good.

And since I believe there should be no secrets between friends, I’m going to let you in on the secret to making the chewiest chocolate chip cookies in the world — olive oil!

I have made this recipe with other oils, like vegetable oil, and got the same chewy texture, but I really recommend using olive oil. It takes them to the next level! The fat from the oil makes the cookie chewy, but it adds this indescribable nutty, salty flavor. You have to make these! 

If you’re looking for even more chocolate chip goodness, try my Chocolate Chip Banana BreadChocolate Chip SconesChocolate Chip MuffinsChocolate Chip Pancakes, and my Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Using Olive Oil In Cookies

For making the ultimate chewy cookie, you need to mind the amount of sugar to fat you’re using. The extra fat in this homemade chocolate chip recipe comes in the form of olive oil. You won’t taste the actual olive oil flavoring, but it does lend an almost nutty taste to the finished product! 

What Type Of Olive Oil Should I Use For Baking?

You want to be sure to use a good quality extra-virgin olive oil when you are baking! You also want to be sure that the olive oil is fresh. Unlike wine, olive oil does NOT get better with age. You can check the bottle for the date the olives were pressed or its “harvest date.” 

Plus, whatever olive oil you don’t use will have plenty of purposes in the kitchen! 

Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Congratulations, you’ve found the Internet’s Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe — and yes, they do have a secret ingredient!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 28 cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (4 oz./115g) butter (softened)
  • 1 ½ cups (9 oz./255g) dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup (4 oz./115g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (4fl oz./115ml) olive oil*
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 2 ¾ cups (14 oz./290g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups (9 oz./225g) bittersweet chocolate (chopped)

Instructions

  • Using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, whip the butter until softened at high speed, roughly 1 minute.
  • Add the sugars and olive oil and cream until light and fluffy, around 4-5 minutes.
  • Add in the eggs, one at a time, and beat after each addition until well combined. Lastly, add in the vanilla extract.
  • In a separate medium bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the butter mix and stir to combine.
  • Lastly, stir in the chopped bittersweet chocolate.
  • Chill the cookie dough for a minimum of 4 hours but for best results chill overnight.         (See my notes above about aging doughs.)
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and line trays with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Using a tablespoon measure, scoop a heaped tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Place on the baking tray 3 inches apart.
  • Bake for roughly 12-13 minutes or until lightly golden brown but still doughy in the middle. (I like to bake one tray at a time for the best baking.)
  • I like to eat them fresh from the oven while the chocolate is still melty. Once the cookies are cool store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.https://www.youtube.com/watch?

    To refresh them the next day I actually pop them bake in a hot oven for just a few minutes and they are just like freshly baked cookies again.

    Recipe Notes

*Olive oil: This is what makes the cookies the best ever! If you want to use a vegetable oil or other oil you can but just note that the olive oil gives the cookies their amazing flavor. 

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“Gemma’s Best Ever Irish Scones”

What Are Irish Scones?

Irish Scones are heaven on Earth, and straight out of my childhood in Ireland. They’re scones that have a lightly sweet crust and a wonderfully moist center served with cream, butter, or jam. Bonus points if they’re all homemade! They’re also traditionally round, not triangular like you’d find in the States.

If you need help making them, check out my step-by-step Irish Scones recipe video below.

What You’ll Need

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small bowl
  • Whisk
  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie Cutter
  • Wire Rack
  • Measuring cups and spoons

How to Make Irish Scones

If you’re looking for a traditional, authentic, and flat-out simple Irish scone recipe, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how you make them (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):

  1. Flour power! Add self-raising flour to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Frozen butter: Grate the frozen butter into the bowl. Frozen butter is my secret ingredient here, and I explain why in the next section.
  3. Add your fix-ins. Stir in raisins, baking powder, and sugar.
  4. Milk and eggs. Whisk the eggs and milk in a separate small bowl, add into the mixing bowl, and stir until a soft dough is formed.
  5. Press and cut. On a floured surface, press the scones and then cut them out with a cookie cutter. Combine the leftover dough and repeat until you’ve used it all up.
  6. Baking time! Place the scones on a parchment-lined baking tray. After bringing the oven to 425 degrees, bake before cooling on a wire rack.
  7. It’s time to eat! Once the scones are cooled, add butter, jam, and fresh cream.

 

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 42 mins
With a lightly sweet crust and densely moist center, my Best Ever Irish Scone recipe is a tried and true classic.
Take it from an Irishwoman and chef!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12 scones

Ingredients

  • 4 2/3 cups (1lb 8 oz./680g) self-raising flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz./170g) butter (frozen)
  • 3 level teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz./113g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup ( 4 oz./113g) raisins/sultanas
  • 1 1/4 cup (10 flu oz. 300ml) milk
  • 2 eggs (beaten)

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, add your self-raising flour.
  • Using a cheese grater, grate the butter in until it is all gone. (Alternatively using a pastry cutter, cut/rub the butter into the flour until fully crumbed and resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in raisins, baking powder, and sugar.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk eggs and milk and until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into your flour mix and stir until a soft dough is formed.
  • Transfer dough to a floured surface and press to 1 1/2 inch thick. (If your scones are not forming a dough add a little more liquid.)
  • Cut scones out with a round 3-inch cookie cutter.
  • Place cut scones onto a baking tray lined with parchment.
  • Gather remaining dough in a ball, re-flatten then cut scones from dough. Repeat until the entire batch of dough is cut into scones. If you have a little excess dough left, just pat it onto the top of the scones.
  • Bake at 425°F (210°C) for roughly 22-26 minutes. In the video, I said 12 minutes but to get them really golden brown you will want to bake for longer. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Serve warm or fully cooled with butter, jam, or fresh cream.

Recipe Notes

BAKE TIME: In the video, I said 12 minutes, but to get them really golden brown you will want to bake for longer. I ended up baking for over 20 minutes — but due to differences in ovens and elevations, your timing may vary! Just keep an eye for the perfect color.
Enjoy!

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“Pound Cake…Recipe and History for Today”

Recipe of the Day

Pound Cake

Pound Cake

Ingredients:

1 pound cake flour (3-1/2 cups)
1 pound butter
1 pound sugar (2 cups)
1 pound eggs (9 large)
1 to 2 tablespoons vanilla or 1/2  to 1 tablespoon almond

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 300°F.

Prepare two or three bread loaf pans or one Bundt pan and a loaf pan.

Cream butter well, add sugar gradually and cream until light and fluffy.

Add eggs two at a time, and beat well after each. Add flavoring.

Add flour gradually and beat until smooth.

Pour mixture into pans. Bake about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

 Enjoy!

National Pound Cake Day - March 4

NATIONAL POUND CAKE DAY

On March 4th, National Pound Cake Day recognizes one of the dessert world’s most versatile cakes. Each year it is celebrated by bakers and cake lovers alike. Celebrate with a piece (or two) of this deliciously rich delight.

The traditional recipe for pound cake makes a cake much larger than most families can consume, as it calls for a pound each of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. Hence the name Pound Cake.

In the United States, sour cream pound cake is a popular variation apart from the traditional pound cake recipe. Other variations include adding vanilla or almond flavoring or dried fruits.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPoundCakeDay

Celebrating National Pound Cake Day is easy! You can visit your favorite bakery and pick up a pound of deliciously sweet cake to share. While you’re there, be sure to give the baker a shout-out, too. You can also turn on your oven and bake up a traditional pound cake. We have just the right recipe for you to try. Slice it up and add some sweet berries, whipped cream, and a drizzle of chocolate or fruit syrup, and this dessert will dazzle even the most serious critics. 

Use #NationalPoundCakeDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL POUND CAKE DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this dessert holiday. 


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” Absolutely Incredible Gooey Butter Cake” “St. Louis”

Gooey Butter Cake, a traditional (and seriously beloved!) cake from St. Louis, is probably unlike any cake you’ve had before, and it is definitely a must-try! People from St. Louis have been eating this cake for over 60 years now, and if you’d talk to a person who calls the area home, I’d bet they’d have plenty of fond memories to share.

The cake itself is indulgently sweet and has a wonderfully dense, firm texture at the bottom, but the top is super soft, gooey, and sweet with butterscotch notes thanks to the brown sugar! The sweet cake is perfect when served alongside a hot cup of coffee — and one of my latest Bold Baking Worldwide recipes.

This cake is so popular that grocery stores, even outside of St. Louis, sell fresh or boxed gooey butter cakes—but an excellent homemade gooey butter cake puts them all to shame! Whip up this easy cake, brew a pot of coffee, and put on Judy Garland’s Meet Me In St. Louis for a real treat!!

[Want More Cake From Around The World? Try My Mum’s Irish Apple Cake!]

What Is Gooey Butter Cake?

Gooey butter cake is a cake made with butter and cream cheese, which makes it so gooey! Some people say this cake resulted from a happy accident in 1930 by a baker in St. Louis who was attempting to make just a regular cake but reversed the amount of butter and flour.

Since this mistake was made during the Great Depression, they weren’t about to throw out a mistake, and so the “flat gooey mess” became a hit!

How To Make Gooey Butter Cake

This cake has a texture that is unlike anything you’ve had before! I can’t wait for you to give it a try. Here is how you make gooey butter cake (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a 9×9 inch (23x23cm) square baking pan with either parchment paper or aluminum foil. Be sure to use enough that the paper/foil hangs over the edges so the cake can be easily released.
  2. Mix the flour, butter, 2/3 cup (4oz/115g) brown sugar, granulated sugar, 2 eggs, baking powder, and salt. Then, spread the batter evenly into your prepped pan.
  3. Then, mix the remaining ½ cup (3oz/85g) brown sugar, 2 eggs, powdered sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla.
  4. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the first layer, but do not stir it together. Bake the cake for about 1 hour or until the cake is set but still jiggles slightly when shaken. 
  5. Allow the cake to cool slightly in the pan before cutting into 9 squares. Serve warm!

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Gooey Butter Cake

  • Be sure your parchment paper or foil goes all the way up the sides of your pan—otherwise, the cake will be hard to get out of the pan!
  • You can add a few handfuls of chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or coconut flakes to the top layer for some fun variations.
  • This is lovely served warm with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. 
  • Always be sure that your ingredients are room temperature before you begin for the most even mixing. 

 

Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time1 hr.
This Gooey Butter Cake recipe is a St. Louis staple that’s indulgently sweet with complex textures and butterscotch notes.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups (7½ oz./213g) all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons (3 oz./85g) butter (melted)
  •  cup (4 oz./115g) plus ½ cup (3 oz./85g) dark brown sugar (divided)
  • ½ cup (4 oz./115g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 2 large eggs (divided, at room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ½ cups (14 oz./402g) powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (8 oz./225g) cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a 9×9 inch (23x23cm) square baking pan with enough parchment paper or aluminum foil to hang over the edges (for easy releasing).
  • Thoroughly mix the flour, butter, 2/3 cup (4 oz./115g) brown sugar, granulated sugar, 2 eggs, baking powder, and salt together and then spread evenly into your prepared pan.
  • Then mix the remaining ½ cup (3 oz./85g) brown sugar and 2 eggs with the powdered sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla.
  • Pour this mixture on top of the first layer (without stirring it together) and bake for about 1 hour, or until the cake is set but still jiggles slightly when shaken.
  • Let cool completely in the pan slightly before cutting into 9 squares. Serve warm with whipped cream. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

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