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Your Basic Cookie Dough

THE RECIPE:

OATMEAL OR OATS                     150 GRAMS
ALL PURPOSE FLOUR                   400 GRAMS
BAKING SODA, SIFTED                 1 TEASPOON
MARGARINE OR BUTTER              1 CUP/1 BAR
REFINED SUGAR                             400 GRAMS
EGGS                                                  2 PIECES
VANILLA                                           1 TABLESPOON

MEASURE YOUR INGREDIENTS. SIFT THE BAKING SODA INTO THE FLOUR, ADD THE OATS AND SET ASIDE.

CREAM THE MARGARINE OR BUTTER AND SUGAR UNTIL LIGHT AND FLUFFY. ADD THE EGGS ONE AT A TIME, BEATING WELL AFTER EACH ADDITION CREATING A CREAMY CONSISTENCY. ADD THE DRY INGREDIENTS BY PULSING YOUR MIXER, SCRAPING THE SIDES OF THE BOWL EVERY NOW AND THEN.

MIX UNTIL WELL BLENDED, ABOUT 2 MINUTES PULSING. MAKE SURE THE BOTTOM IS FULLY MIXED. PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 325 F. LINE YOUR BAKING SHEETS WITH PARCHMENT PAPER.

MOLD YOUR COOKIES AND PLACE THEM ON THE BAKING SHEETS, AT LEAST 1 1/2 INCHES AWAY FROM EACH OTHER. PLACE YOUR CANDIES OR CHOCOLATES, OR LEAVE THEM PLAIN. IF YOU ARE USING NUTS AND CHOCOLATE CHIPS, PULSE THEM AT THE END OF THE MIXING STAGE.

BAKE AT 325 F FOR 13 MINUTES FOR ONE TABLESPOON PORTION. I USED A DISHER, SMALL ICE CREAM SCOOP THAT HAS BEEN WITH ME SINCE 2000. BAKE THE COOKIES 7  MINUTES ON TOP AND 6 MINUTES AT THE BOTTOM. LET COOL ON THE BAKING SHEETS FOR 2 MINUTES BEFORE TRANSFERRING TO COOLING RACKS. COOL FOR AN HOUR AND STORE IN AIRTIGHT CONTAINERS.





THE BAKED COOKIES WITH CHOCOLATE
CANDIES ON TOP. I PRESS THE CANDIES JUST A LITTLE BIT, ALSO MAKING THE COOKIES APPEAR BIGGER.

I SENT THIS BATCH TO MY SISTER WHEN SHE WENT TO BAGUIO. YOU KNOW IT IS FUNNY, THAT THE ONE THING I TRULY MISS THE MOST COMING HERE TO NEW YORK IS THE GIFT OF GIVING. FOR TWO MONTHS NOW, I HAVEN'T SENT OUT ANY BAKED GOODIES YET, I DO NOT KNOW ANYONE HERE, NEIGHBORS ARE FAR FROM EACH OTHER AND THIS IS NOT ME. I HAVE NEVER BAKED WITHOUT GIVING OUT AT LEAST HALF OF THE GOODIES TO FRIENDS OR FAMILY, MOSTLY MY SISTER, NEPHEWS, NEIGHBOR, BROTHER'S FRIEND, SOMEONE WHO DROPPED BY, THE GUY WHO DELIVERED THE MAIL, THE LAUNDRYWOMAN, LAUNDRYWOMAN'S SON, .......



PRESS THE ICE CREAM SCOOP HARD INTO THE COOKIE DOUGH TO FILL THE SCOOP.





PREPARE YOUR INGREDIENTS, YOUR BASIC COOKIE DOUGH CAN TAKE ANYTHING, EVEN OATS, BUT NOT TOO MUCH OF THIS BECAUSE OATS OR OATMEAL WILL ABSORB THE MOISTURE IN THE DOUGH MAKING YOUR COOKIES DRY AND CRUMBLY WHEN BAKED.... DO NOT FORGET THAT.


AGAIN, I DO NOT KNOW WHY I AM BEGINNING AT THE BOTTOM MY MISTAKE, THE PICTURES I CHOSE FIRST UPLOADED AT THE TOP PAGE SO MY APOLOGIES HERE.

THE MOST ACCURATE WAY TO MEASURE FOR ME, IS TO FILL THE CUP WITH THE INGREDIENT, NO TAPPING OR PACKING, THEN SWEEP THE INGREDIENTS OFF WITH A FLAT SPATULA. IF YOU DIP THE MEASURING CUP INTO THE FLOUR, IT WILL MOST LIKELY PACK THE CUP WITH THE FLOUR THUS ENDING UP WITH MORE FLOUR.

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