If you feel like things have been a little off around here lately, you’re right.
This is the best time of year for fall baking, and I’m really not cranking out that many recipes for you. The truth is, I think my kitchen has a hex. I have had more recipe failures this past month than ever before.
First, it was the pumpkin muffins that were so dry, even the dog wouldn’t go for one. Then, after years of making ganache, it fails me so many times in one day, it uses up my entire supply of chocolate. And trust me, I keep A LOT of chocolate on hand.
I’ve also been working on these peanut butter cookies with maple syrup. The first time I made them, I didn’t measure and they were amazing. I can’t duplicate it to save my life.
And I’m not sure I’m ready to talk about how I spent an entire week perfecting a small batch of croissants, only to have them turn out like crescent rolls every time. No flaky layers. Lots of buttery goodness, but no layers.
Something has to give! Luckily, it’s these perfectly chewy small batch oatmeal cookies. These cookies have the soft chewy texture like the cookies in an oatmeal cream pie. I absolutely cannot resist them. Small batch oatmeal cookies for life. Life!
Also: sweet cinnamon glaze for life, too.
There are a few factors at play here that keep these small batch oatmeal cookies ultra-chewy. Can I bore you with them? One is the honey. The sugar crystals do their magic in the batter. The second magical component is the egg yolk.
I apologize for making you ‘waste’ an egg white, but don’t forget, I have an entire section on my site devoted to using up extra egg whites. Or, extra egg yolks. I know, I’m so resourceful. Kudos to me.
Most of the time I rely on shortening for extra chewy cookies, but you guys really seem to hate when any of my recipes call for shortening. Sorry about that! I did test this recipe with 2 tablespoons of shortening + 3 tablespoons of butter, and yes, they are ever-so-slightly chewier. But, I think the honey and egg yolk have things covered.
Now, cover me in cinnamon glaze, wrap me up in a flannel scarf, and I’m set for fall.
For the glaze: