Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Flashback to a Favorite

My mom is the cookie lady.  She makes about 15 different kinds of cookies for Christmas every year.  She doesn't like to cook, but she is the baking queen.  So how could I not grow up with a favorite cookie?  Of course I did.  

Enter the Oatmeal Scotchie.  I don't know how long its been, but this cookie and I have had quite a long relationship.  It was the first cookie I made myself, it was the cookie my mom sent to me in college, it was the first cookie I made after I got married.  Oh Oatmeal Scotchie, how I have loved thee.  Needless to say, Oatmeal Scotchie has been pretty pissed at me since I went vegan.  I completely ignored it over the Christmas season.  Was I too good for good old Oatmeal Scotchie?  Never!  In all truthfulness, I had intentions of veganizing Oatmeal Scotchie so that I could indulge in Christmas cookies like everyone else, but time slipped away from me.  
Wait, I keep talking about busy I could I come up with enough time to recreate Oatmeal Scotchie today?  If you live in the Northeast, you probably already know the answer to that....snow day!  

So the Oatmeal Scotchie was overhauled...okay, tweaked, to become vegan, wheat-free, light, crispy, crunchy, and, as it will remain forever, my favorite.  

Vegan Oatmeal Scotchies  

If you can't find vegan butterscotch chips, you could use peanut butter chips, or white chocolate chips, or even dried fruit, I don't think chocolate or carob would really work.  I used both vegan butterscotch chips, from Price Chopper, and vegan white chocolate chips, which I ordered at Christmastime from Food Fight! Vegan Grocery

1/2 cup + 1-2 tbsp flour (I used spelt, to make them wheat free)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup vegan margarine (I use Earth Balance)
3/4 cup white and brown sugar (ie, I filled 3/4 measuring cup about halfway with beet sugar, and the rest with date sugar)
1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax seeds, ground, and 3 tbsp water, blended)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup oats
6 oz butterscotch chips (I used 1/2 cup butterscotch, and 1/4 cup white chocolate)

1. Preheat oven to 375.  
2. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt, in a bowl
3. In a separate bowl, beat (by hand or with a mixer) the margarine, sugar, vanilla, and flax egg.
4. Add the dry to the wet and mix until well combined.  
5.  Stir in the oats and chips.  
6.  Drop onto cookie sheet* and bake 8-9 minutes, or until golden brown.  
7.  Let cool slightly, then transfer to cooling rack.  

*It is up to you whether or not you want to grease the cookie sheet, use a Silpat, or parchment paper.  For some reason, while they all came off in one piece, one of my cookie sheets stuck a little, and the other didn't.  

Yields:  love.  I mean, about 2 dozen cookies (I got 26)
Nutrition Information:  129.9 Calories;  6.3g Total fat;  2.2g Saturated Fat;  0.0mg Cholesterol;  16.9g Carbohydrates;  1.5g Fiber;  1.6g Protein

By the way, you may, right now, be getting worried, realizing that I am going to be gone for four days.  I know, I know, its sad.  In all honesty, I will almost definitely still be posting, we have wireless in our hotel room.  Is this ridiculous?  Yes.  Just when you thought you were going to get rid of me...

Anyway, many thanks to my mom, who shared the recipe, and happily admitted that the vegan version of her cookie was really good!  I couldn't be happier that Oatmeal Scotchie and I have been reunited!  



    very happy for the reunion....oddly i am listening to Stars 'reunion' right this moment...
    're-uniiooooooooooooooon me now!'

    and i did wonder if u were gonna be gone for days on end but glad to hear u will be blogging still...coolness!

  2. have fun in your trip! :) that cookies look so great! and thanks for the podcast, I've been hearing it and its very interesting !

  3. It must be fun to have a mom who makes 15 kinds of cookies for christmas!

  4. Oh my gosh! You must be in heaven!!! Can I join you and help you finish those yummy cookies? ;)

  5. Just out of curiosity, what's her recipe? I'd love to make these, but I think I'd be ok with just substituting for the egg(s) if there are any. :)

  6. Reunited and it feels so good, reunited 'cause we understood... oh, sorry! I zoned out a bit there.

    Holy yum yum!! I love the close up of the cookies with all the crinkly, chunky, crispy goodness!

    Altogether now! Reunited and if feels so good...

  7. Hooray for veganizing the classics. I'm so going to try to make these sometime soon. Must...have...cookies!

  8. Thank you! Thank you! I used to love Oatmeal Scotchies back in the day.

  9. I'm so making these cookies for Superbowl weekend. I'm going to a party where there is only one other veggie person. I'm gonna try these and see how they go over in the meat-eating military crowd.

  10. I love oatmeal scotchies. I wanted to make them this year for Christmas but I coulnd't find butterscotch chips in time :(

  11. Claudia, I will comment on your blog later, but the only other ingredient that is potentially non-vegan is the butter. So if you want to use non-vegan margarine or butter, go for it! Also, you can use all-purpose or whole wheat flour instead of spelt, I just really like using spelt, I think it makes things lighter.

    Kiersten, they sell them at my price chopper...they are pretty artificial, but when you need some Oatmeal Scotchies, they get the job done!

    Everyone else, I definitely have read all your comments, but I am running onto my flight from Phoenix to Honolulu right now...they already called my row, haha. I will be better about replying to all my comments next week, I love you guys!!

  12. Eep, I just saw your question.

    Things are ok with the move! Just 7 days or so to go. I think we'll have to bounce between bases at Colorado Springs before we can move to a house though. It'll be...interesting. -_-

  13. I just made these and they are delicious!!! Super easy and really good!