Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Crisp Oat Cookies

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I've been busy baking cookies. Of course, I make several of my usual favorites like Molasses Crinkles and Russian Tea Cakes (previous posts), but every year I try to add one new Cookie. This year I decided to make a Crisp and Delicate Gluten Free Oat Cookie. I made it with a Gluten Free Flour Blend from King Arthur (Measure for Measure. If this Cookie was made with regular Flour, it would be called an Oatmeal Lace Cookie. But the lack of Gluten in this version keeps it from being lacy, but it doesn't stop it from being absolutely delicious!  These cookies are very delicate so they do need some careful handling. And, you can drizzle them with Chocolate if you want and then they would be the Gluten Free version of Florentines from a Washington Post recipe. I like them just as they are, but might add Cinnamon next time. I just made sure I had a big cup of Tea to go with them. I like to nibble first on the crispy edges and work my way into the softer center. These are wonderful Cookies!

Crisp Oat Cookies (Gluten Free)

1 cup Rolled Oats

3/4 cup Sugar

1 Egg, lightly beaten

1 stick of melted Butter

3 Tablespoons Gluten Free Flour Blend (with Xanthan Gum)

1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Salt

Optional:  1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Cover two half sheet baking pans with aluminum foil, shiny side up.

Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Form into round 1" balls. Place 5 on each baking sheet, separating them as much as you can so they can spread. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until they are light golden brown. Remove from the oven. Let cool for a few minutes and take the aluminum foil (with the cookies still on them) and place on the counter. Put on two new sheets of aluminum foil and continue with the remaining Cookie Dough. 

When the cookies are cool, carefully peel them from the foil and place on a serving plate.

Five Element Analysis

Oats belong to the Earth Element and in are said to calm the Spleen in Chinese Medicine. And, because these Cookies are also very sweet, they are definitely considered an Earth food.  The Egg adds a bit of Water and the Butter brings in the Metal Element. So Tea and Coffee are good beverages to serve with them, as either would add the Fire Element. Then only the Wood Element is missing so be sure to add a Wood food at another meal.

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