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Dec 2, 2008 07:33 AM

Good idea: using steel-cut oats in cookies

When a friend brought me a can of pinhead oatmeal from her trip to Scotland, I used some of them when I didn't have enough old-fashioned rolled oats for a batch of my favorite oatmeal cookies. The ratio was about 2 parts OFRO to 1 part pinhead. I've never gone back. The pinhead oats are steel-cut and seem to be slightly smaller than McCann's but I could be wrong - I've never looked at them side-by-side. When the Scottish can was gone, I switched to Country Choice Steel-Cut Oats, sold by Trader Joe's. I like a crisp cookie, so I sometimes use just the steel-cut, in the same amount as rolled oats. They are crunchy and nutty in flavor and texture, and could stand in for ground nuts in plenty of other recipes. I like to fool myself into thinking that if it contains oats, it's good for you....regardless of how much butter and sugar is involved!

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  1. I've wondered how much of a difference it makes, but i'm sold! Here's a recipe that is amazing--Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies, from Epi. I've had the recipe at home since cutting it out of the mag (gourmet, i think) years ago, but never had any steel cut oats on hand and so have just used OFRO, which work out fine. maybe you could give these a shot? they're really great!
    I'm convinced now, by your post, to get some steel cut oats and make these the way they're meant to be made. Thanks for providing the impetus!

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    1. re: brownie

      I'm not a chocoholic but will give it a try - odd that there is no egg. My own tweaked oatmeal cookie recipe is based on the one on the Quaker Oats canister, which calls for LOTS of oatmeal. I usually add pecans, dried fruit, and white chocolate chips.