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I love chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, don’t you? I love everything about them – the gorgeous smell that comes from the oven whilst they’re baking, the fabulous soft and chewy texture when you bite into them and then of course there’s the chocolate. I don’t need to explain that part, right?
But you know what I don’t love about chocolate chip oatmeal cookies? The fact that they’re not a cut-out cookie. You can’t roll out your dough, attack it with your cookie cutters and end up with adorable shaped cookies to
scoff on your own share with everyone. Well, not up until today anyway.
I really wanted to make some adorable apple-shaped back-to-school themed cookies and didn’t want to make sugar cookies – they’re just not my thing. I also didn’t want to make shortbread because it’s not like I have a spare 1,000 calories to eat every day and I certainly wasn’t suddenly going to join a gym or anything. Like I just said, I love chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, so I decided to take this recipe for Skinny Granola Cookies and make it work for me.
And work it totally did. I had planned on having a mixture of different back-to-school themed cookie shapes, but I’m stuck with apples/pumpkins. I really wanted to do the whole ABC 123 thing, but the dough was just way too flimsy for that.
Plus, I had no idea whether the cookies were going to work or not until they came out of the oven and I didn’t want to spend an hour getting the perfect number one if it was just going to bake into a blob, you know?
Excuses, excuses…it’s just like we really are back at school! I’m really fussy with cookies. Like I said before I don’t like sugar cookies just…because. But you know what else I don’t like? Frosting or icing. I know – terrible, right? I totally understand if you run away from Pink Recipe Box screaming, but please stick around and hear me out.
The reason I don’t really like icing or frosting is because I don’t like the taste of icing sugar. Well – not store bought icing sugar. When I make my own icing sugar at home, I can eat frosting and icing by the spoonful. But otherwise? Ick.
So instead, these cookies are covered with white chocolate which has been coloured with food colouring. That’s cool with you, right? If not, you can totally ice or frost these cookies – I won’t judge, promise. As you can see, my icing skills are rather limited – as is my supply of piping bags, which left a teaspoon as my only tool. I used chocolate sprinkles for the stalk and used a teeny tiny icing pen for the leaf. I also tried to draw a caterpillar with the icing pen but…just…no.
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