Sunday, August 5, 2012

Oatmeal Cinnamon Chips Cookies

Of all the differences between Canada and the United States, one that I dislike the most is how varied the selection of food is.  The Americans have a lot of the same brands we do in Canada, but have more selections for flavours and options.  One example: Hershey Cinnamon Chips.  We simply don't have them.  One Christmas, two or three years ago, Bulk Barn had a shipment of them, and the next year Zellers had them, once.  But they are definitely not a regular in the grocery store, and they are unfortunately the kind of thing that once you have had them, you can't do without!

A dear friend of mine was recently in Pennsylvania visiting, and brought me back some Cinnamon Chips as a treat.  It's win-win you see, because he usually gets some of the treat as reward for his forward thinking :)  I wasn't the most original with this baking session -- I stuck to the recipe on the back of the package -- but if they post it on the package it is probably time-tested to be a good recipe, and will show off the chips in their best light.  The only change I made was to swap out the all-purpose flour for white whole-wheat flour -- another 'treat' from my friend returning from the states.

Oatmeal Cinnamon Chips Cookies
Makes: 4 dozen cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 2/3 cups (10-oz pkg) Hershey's Cinnamon Chips
3/4 cup raisins

Heat oven to 350F.

Beat butter, sugar, and granulated sugar in a bowl until creamy.  Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.  Combine flour and baking soda; add to butter mixture, beating well. Stir in oats, cinnamon chips, and raisins (batter will be stiff).

Drop by heaping teaspoons onto greased baking sheet (or by small ice cream scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheet).  Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned.  Cool 1 minute; remove from baking sheet onto wire rack.  Cool completely.

Source: Hershey.

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