Sunday, 29 March 2009


I was in the mood for baking this weekend and thought of making these oatmeal, fruit and chocolate cookies. I probably won't  do any baking for a while so I am enjoying this weekend, dedicated to baking. I am going to bake half of the batch today but keep the other half in the fridge which will  keep for a week or so,  to bake whenever we have guests  over for tea. I used mix dried fruit of berries, apricots,raisins, dates,cranberries and pineapple but use any dried fruit combination you prefer or have in your cupboard. Below makes 80- 82 cookies.

  • 125 g butter
  • 200 g light brown soft sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 150 g crunchy peanut butter
  • 150 g wholemeal self raising flour
  • 150 g self raising flour
  • 200 g wholegrain oats
  • 50 g chopped chocolate pieces
  • 100 g mixed dried fruit.
Pre heat the oven to 180 C, 160 Fan setting. Grease and line 2 baking trays with sheets of baking parchment.

1) Cream the butter with sugar, in a large  mixing bowl. Add the beaten eggs gradually beating after each addition. Add the vanilla and milk.
2) Combine the peanut butter, flour, oats, chocolate chips and dried fruit. Add to the creamed mixture in the bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon together thoroughly.
3) Divide the dough into 3 equal batches. Each batch will make 20 cookies.
4) Either cooked them all, the same day or like me cook half and store the other half ( uncooked ) in the fridge till you need it.
5) Bake the cookies for 10- 12 minutes or until lightly golden  on preheated oven. Cool them on wire rack before serving.

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