Oatmeal fig and chocolate chip cookies

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Did you enjoy our Christmas holiday? Christmas season is always my favorite time of year, and for me it starts as the song says, “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. Except it seems to be starting earlier every year, since I remember seeing Christmas decorations and cards in stores towards late October! I’m not complaining; I just wish I had more time to take it all in at my leisure, but it’s hard with the demands of my occupation.

As a Doc, holidays are a luxury. I am thankful to have had 2 weeks away from the hospital where I could spend time with family and spend leisure time in my kitchen again. I hosted 4 big Christmas dinner feasts in my home and promised my guests that I would share my recipes on my site. It seems I already have a big backlog of recipes written but unpublished!

To launch the New Year, I have a special recipe that was submitted to me by Alan Brown. This oatmeal fig and chocolate chip cookie recipe is adopted from his blog, The Dinner Table Tonight.

Everyone has a vice, and mine happens to be cake and cookies. I was intrigued by this cookie recipe, especially since I have never tried adding figs to cookie dough. They turned out light, crispy on the bottom and edges, and the figs worked well adding new flavors and textures. Great idea, Alan!

Oatmeal fig and chocolate chip cookies

Grocery list

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup Kalamata string figs, finely chopped
Oatmeal fig and chocolate chip cookies
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup rolled oats

Preheat oven to 375oF with a rack in the middle. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and two sugars on medium speed until smooth. Add the eggs and beat until smooth and creamy. Beat in as much of the dry ingredients as possible with the stand mixer. Use a wooden spoon to stir in any remaining dry ingredients. Add the figs, chocolate chips and rolled oats, mixing well after each addition.

Drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart using a teaspoon. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.

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2 Responses to Oatmeal fig and chocolate chip cookies
  1. Pille @ Nami-Nami
    February 18, 2014 | 11:25 pm

    Hi Grace – wanted to say Hi! I’m a fellow food blogger – and fellow Edinburgh graduate (MSc in Nationalism Studies 1999, PhD in Sociology 2005). Was reading your profile in the latest EDIT (the alumni magazine) and was excited to discover that there’s another food blogger from Edinburgh, so immediately had to check out your blog. Love the photography and am looking forward to exploring your blog in more detail!!!

    • Dr. Grace
      February 22, 2014 | 10:26 pm

      Hi Pille! Thank you so much for reaching out, fellow alumna! How excited I was to see your note and be connected with another alumni – from my food blog of all places! Food really does have a way to connect us, doesn’t it? I love your blog, and your submissions to Foodgawker are fabulous. You have a new follower on Pinterest. :) Unfortunately, my work doesn’t allow me much time for my food blog, but in the (hopefully) near future, I would love to try one of your recipes and feature it on my site with a link to yours!

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