Thursday, September 16, 2010

Easy bake oven

Homemade cookies have been a thing of the past while in Taiwan, but for Jeremiah's birthday I decided to change that.  We recently got a toaster oven (thanks Lisa!) and I had heard rumors that others had successfully made cookies with one.  I pulled out our favorite peanut butter cookie recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance and went in search of the ingredients.  I found almost everything at Jason's import grocery store and since there was no baking powder to be found I borrowed some from a friend.  With Jeremiah at badminton practice I set to work.

I halved the recipe below and made really tiny cookies.  The first batch cooked way too quickly and ended up in crumbles.

But the first batch is always the test batch right?  I wasn't discouraged so I tried it again.  Second batch worked like a charm.  The perfect setting?  About 175 degrees, bottom rack and only the top elements on.  Then take them out and let cool until they harden enough to take off the sheet.

I was rather pleased with the end result, and more importantly, so was Jeremiah at 12:01am on his birthday when I surprised him with them.

Here is the original recipe.  I halved it and left out the vanilla because I didn't want to buy a huge bottle of it for this experiment.  Now that I know they will work perhaps I will invest in one.  I'm looking forward to trying out other recipes!

Crunchy Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Cookies (from Vegan with a Vengeance)

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups rolled oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup chunky all natural peanut butter (salted is okay if you like a salty peanut butter flavor)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract.

(For a normal oven preheat oven to 350 F.) Lightly grease two cookie sheets.  Toss together the flour, oats, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.  In a separate bowl (a big one because you're going to add dry stuff it it) mix together the oil, peanut butter, sugars, soy milk, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix. The dough will be very firm and moist.


  1. So glad you have figured out how to use your toaster oven. I bet the cookies were a great surprise! xxoo

  2. I loved reading this post! HOw fun to have a toaster oven and even better that it can bake cookies! Those are delicious!