then at least, hopefully, in our figurative perceptions of it. I for one am chomping at the bit to launch
myself head first, with arms wide open, into 2013.
of this new year, let me take one last look at the year that was. 2012
definitely had its moments of bliss, along with its share of trials and
tribulations. In retrospect, both vital,
in their own ways, to where I am now. It
has certainly, although perhaps not too apparent on this blog, been a year of
reflection and soul searching. I am,
like most of the human race, nowhere near “figuring it out” yet, despite my advancing
years, but I am happy to know that I am closer than I was last year. At least I hope so!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup cocoa nibs
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
electric mixer fitter with a paddle attachment.
Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat in vanilla.
baking soda, and salt. Add this flour
mixture all at once to the butter and egg mixture and beat on low speed until
the mixture just comes together (there may still be some flour visible, and
walnuts, cocoa nibs, and the chocolate chips.
Use a spatula or wooden spoon to finish mixing everything by hand. Mix together just until no flour bits remain,
and everything is well mixed together and evenly distributed.
baking sheets. Bake in a pre-heated 350F oven for 10-13 minutes until edges are
just a tad toasty (the middles will still be soft). Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool
for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool
***For those of you asking: I got my cocoa nibs from Risa Chocolates — they are lovely artisans who are passionate about local chocolate. They don’t have any nibs currently but may have some by mid-year. Meanwhile, check out their other tempting products here.