If you happened to be watching Today on 9 this morning you would have seen the wonderful work Digella Bakes and lots of other Brisbanites have been doing to bring Baked Relief to the many people rebuilding Brisbane. From delivering a batch of muffins to her local SES depot on Tuesday night, Danielle has taken Baked Relief to epic status even reaching the top 5 in Twitter trends. As soon as I heard about it I had to get involved. The first thing I made, my favourite cake, was tea cake. After that, my next favourite comfort food has to be choc-chip cookies. I whipped up a big batch on Saturday and fed them to the eager volunteers awaiting assignment at Doomben on Sunday morning.
I have adjusted this recipe from a family friend’s to add a bit more fiber and some extra flavour. This was also the first time I used my new Kitchen Aid mixer. It is fantastic! It makes the whole process so much easier. I could put things away and clean measuring cups while the mixer did the work. By the time the cookies were in the oven the kitchen was clean and I didn’t have an aching arm.
The first step is to cream the butter and sugar until light. How sexy is the mixer?!
Add the eggs and continue to mix until they’re all combined. I only had one egg left so substituted the second with a tablespoon of Greek yoghurt. It didn’t make any difference to the end product.
Add the oats and mix until combined.
Gradually add the flour and cinnamon and mix slowly until it’s evenly distributed.
Now it’s time for the star of the show. Add the choc chips and make sure they’re spread through. You don’t want someone to end up with a choc-chip cookie with no choc-chips!
Spoon teaspoons of dough and roll into balls then place on a baking paper lined tray.
Bake for 7 – 10 minutes or until the cookies are golden.
Leave them to cool on the tray for a few minutes until they firm up.
Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely (if you can wait that long). Enjoy!
This was the scene at the volunteer meeting point on Sunday morning. It was 6.30am and all these people were giving up their Sunday to help people they’d never met. Pretty amazing. This photo was on the front page of couriermail.com for a few hours yesterday. That’s me (white top holding dark box) and mum (in the black) standing behind the four-wheel-drive unloading our baked relief.
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup choc-chips
- 200g (7oz) butter
- tsp cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp plain yoghurt (can use a second egg instead)
- 2 cups caster sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180C/360F fan-forced.
- Line baking trays with baking paper.
- Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix until combined. Add rolled oats and mix then add flour and cinnamon. Stir the choc-chips through the dough.
- Roll teaspoon-sized balls of dough and place on oven trays.
- Bake for 7-10 minutes or until cookies are golden.
- Leave them to cool on the trays for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.