Wednesday 1 June 2011

Blueberry and Cranberry Condensed Milk Oat Cookies

These cookies are the third in my mini series of things to make with a can of condensed milk. (The first two are these double chocolate blueberry cookies and this brown sugar chocolate cake.) I was looking on the Carnation website, browsing through all of the things I could make with my can of condensed milk (and there are a lot! it's a pretty good website for ideas) and came across this cookie recipe. Although it was the double chocolate cookies in the Sainsburys magazine that first caught my eye, I wasn't particularly happy with the way I baked them (waiting for a re-bake I feel) so a different cookie recipe was just what I wanted. These have a much higher proportion of condensed milk to the other recipe and I wasn't quite sure what to expect.

I decided to halve the recipe, because I had other plans for the remaining portion of condensed milk left in the tin (recipe to follow soon!) and the ingredients I used are listed below. I also decided that having enjoyed the dried blueberries in the last batch of cookies I'd use those again, with the addition of dried cranberries (which are cheaper than dried blueberries, but almost as nice!). The recipe says it makes 12, but they must be 12 absolutely enormous cookies because after halving the recipe I still got about 15 or so!!! In fact, if you're planning to get only 12 out of the full amount, I'd suggest cooking only 4 to each tray because they do spread quite a bit.

110g (4oz) butter, softened
110g (4oz) caster sugar
85g Carnation Condensed Milk
100g (3.5oz) oats
75g (3oz) self raising flour
40g each dried cranberries and dried blueberries

For the method, see the original recipe here. The dough is very sticky, and it wasn't really possible to roll the cookies, it was more a case of mushing them into a cookie-appropriate shape and trying not to lose this shape whilst transfering them onto the baking tray. Mmmm, sticky!!!

As you can see, my cookies don't really look like those on the website. Mine have spread quite a bit more, and I can only think that the amount of flour is slightly different or something like that, because I followed their ingredients and method pretty closely. Anyway, it didn't really matter because these were yummy! They were fairly crisp on the edges and nicely chewy in the middle - a combination of the condensed milk and the chewy oats. I still like dried blueberries and cranberries, which is pretty much what I expected! Very more-ish indeed and definitely one to remember for a fairly small amount of condensed milk.


Suelle said...

Thanks for doing the initial hunt for me - I have just enough condensed milk left to try a half batch of these cookies! They sound delicious.

Brownieville Girl said...

I love Nigella's birthday chocolate cake which uses half a can of condensed milk - great idea for the other half!!!


Anne said...

They look great, I love any biccies with oats in so am pretty sure will love these!

Johanna GGG said...

sounds interesting - oats make condensed milk healthy doesn't it!

I often find I make smaller biscuits than the recipes says

Maria♥ said...

Those biccies look so moreish!


Anonymous said...

Crispy edges, chewy inside...and again that condensed milk. It's all good I say.

Caroline said...

Suelle - I hope you like them!

BVG - I'll have to look out for that Nigella recipe - sounds good, thanks for mentioning it!

Anne - I'm sure you would - the oats were lovely and chewy!

Johanna - of course, oats make anything healthy ;-) I sometimes give up aiming for the number of biscuits a recipe says, and just accept the number I get!

Maria - thank you!

Brydie - indeed it is!


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