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Boredom baking – oatmeal butterscotch toffee cookies

January 19, 2012

It’s really cold out today – actual temps barely above zero with wind chills in the negative teens and twenties. I don’t think I’ve ventured outside the house since I went grocery shopping on Monday.

So I’m getting a little stir-crazy and bored. The littlest one is nestled in his wrap, snoozing away while the older two are miraculously playing nicely together downstairs. With the threat of a snowstorm tonight and tomorrow, I decided to do a little boredom baking.

The recipe is something I threw together using half bags of leftover baking chips and bits and pieces of other cookie recipes. They’re all basically the same, aren’t they?

Oatmeal Butterscotch Toffee cookies
1/2 c (1 stick) butter, softened
1 c brown sugar
1 c sugar
1 t vanilla
3 eggs
2 to 2 1/2 c flour (I ended up using about 2 1/3)
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
3 c oats
1 c butterscotch chips (approximately half a bag)
1 c butter toffee bits (approximately half a bag)
1/2 c chopped pecans (I would have used more, but that’s all I had left)

Preheat oven to 350. Blend butter and sugars together. Add vanilla and eggs, mixing well. Add flour, baking soda and salt, mixing well. Stir in oats, baking chips and pecans. Drop by cookie scoop onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 11-12 minutes, until lightly golden brown.

They’re a nice alternative to oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Don’t get me wrong, I love my chocolate, but sometimes it’s nice to switch it up a little. The hub and the kids seem to like them, at least. And I ate enough cookie dough that I basically used up the rest of my allotment of calories for the day. Oh well, one day over isn’t going to derail my goal of losing the baby weight.

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