Oat flour cookies! YEAH! Get on board, errbody! These are gluten-free, without all sorts of weird gums and xums and powders and shtuff. You know what I mean? Yeah. Good old OATS blended up and put into cooooookies. I said that like “cooooookie crisp!” Again, you know what I mean? Roll with it.
I’m coming atcha from Stirling, Scotland today. Actually, I was there yesterday, and am now en route to Aberdeen and Inverness! THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE HIGHLANDER! Um, I’m on my way to the Highlands. BUT YESTERDAY: I took the train from Edinburgh to Stirling, which was easy and fast and had wifi and allowed me to get work done (which I’ve definitely been slacking on). Then I arrived at a very friendly hostel (yaaay friends!), and proceeded to walk 8+ miles around town. Like I didn’t hike enough? Ha!
This town definitely is cute — same old stone buildings like in Edinburgh, but on a much smaller scale. But this is where William Wallace (said in my awful Scottish accent) made so much history! If you’ve seen Braveheart, you know what I’m talking about! I walked up to his monument — overlooking the town and up a very steep slope — then across the bridge where he made mayhem, then up to the castle. Whew. I tell you what: I may have walked a lot last week, but it was mostly flat … yesterday was no. UP down UP down UP UP down. Yeah, you get the idea. I’m gonna return to the states a fit woman! Woop!
I didn’t plan entirely well yesterday, and could tell I was getting HANGRY as I was walking between the monument and the castle… I needed food, STAT! Having some of these cooking in tow would have been so nice! Instead I booked it for the grocery store where they stock my new favorite yogurt — it’s mixed with whipping cream and delicious flavors for the creamiest, richest, probably fattiest most amazing yogurt I’ve ever tasted. I AM SOLD! I proceeded to devour two of them, plus beets and carrots and hummus. Look at me being semi-healthy! Ha!
Let’s talk about these cookies: they’re oaty. They’re chocolatey. They’re salty. They’re gluten-free. They’re not like your normal glutenous chocolate chip cookies — so don’t expect that: they’re a little more crumbly, but not necessarily dry! To be honest, I’d ideally do 1/2 normal flour and 1/2 oat flour — for the texture. BUT I wanted to do a totally oat flour cookie (like these brownies!), and really was pleased with the results. Get lots of chocolate in there, too! And salt! You really can’t go wrong.
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- ½ cup butter
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1½ cups oat flour (regular oats blended, measured after blending)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup dark chocolate chunks
- coarse sea salt for topping
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg, mix until smooth, then add the vanilla and again mix until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the oat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix to combine. Fold in the chocolate, then scoop into ⅛ cup balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Top with course sea salt, and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are just golden.