Crispy Oatmeal Cookies – Making the Best of Such on Your First Try

crispy oatmeal cookies

I am the only person I know who likes crispy cookies.

I have been studying ways of making crispy cookies and I would say that my biggest discovery is to make cookies by using granulated sugar. It appears that yellow sugar or brown sugar will likely give cookies a softer texture.

Like many of you, being a food enthusiast, I often search for new recipes online and see if I can make the best version of such and such. I wonder if what I am about to share is just common sense in the world of food enthusiasts (I hate stating the obvious, so please forgive me if it is). Instead of trying out a few of different recipes and see which one is the best, what I do every time I try to make something I’ve never made before is to compare a number of recipes of the same dish, combine or take out a few things, take some mental notes and then begin. Compare the similarities and the dissimilarities. Usually, by reading a few number of recipes, you will get to see what are the essential ingredients and what can be without. What needs to be done before what is extremely important. If you read through the steps and have a pretty good understanding of the process of making any particular dish, even if you’ve never made it before, the failure rate would be drastically lowered. If you are a picky eater like me, this tip can be a life-saver. I really don’t like wasting food and I really really don’t like eating stuff that doesn’t taste good, not even if it’s something I made.

crispy oatmeal cookies

I went through about 20 different recipes and decided to go with the following 2:

Here’s how it looks when they are side by side:

crispy oatmeal cookies recipe

The two recipes look fairly similar, though one claims to yield 4 dozen and the other one claims 2…

Here’s what I get out of using the two recipes together:

  • Baking power, chocolate chips and raisins can be included or can also be left out
  • Follow whichever one when it comes to the proportions of butter v.s. flour; you can adjust the amount of flour during the process, see if your dough is too wet or too dry but keep the amount between 1 cup to 1 1/2 cup
  • Adjust the proportion of brown sugar v.s. granulated sugar to your liking, but brown sugar and granulated sugar should add up to an amount between 1 1/4 cup to 1 3/4

Voila! Make them exactly the way you like them even if it’s something you’ve never made before. Mine were very crispy, not dry, with lots of raisin and a little bit of chocolate chips, exactly how I wanted them to be.




Nothing Much, Just Two Very Similar Banana Bread Recipes Here

Banana Bread Recipe #1 a.k.a. Curtis’s Banana Bread


1 2/3 cups Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
1 1/4 cups Caster Sugar
2 large Eggs
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
3 large Ripe Bananas, mashed
2 tbsp Natural Yogurt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups Walnuts, toasted and chopped


Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan).
Grease and line base of a large 13.5cm x 23.5cm loaf pan.

Beat eggs and sugar together in a stand mixer or with electric beaters on medium-high speed for 10 minutes, or until very thick and pale and the mixture forms a ribbon when beater is lifted. Reduce speed to low and beat in the oil in a steady stream. Mix in the vanilla and yoghurt and then the walnuts.

Add the bananas.

Sift together the flour, salt, bicarbonate soda and cinnamon together in a large bowl and pour wet mixture onto the dry mixture, folding gently but thoroughly.

Pour mixture into pan and bake for 1 1/4 hours, or until a skewer comes out clean when tested.

Cool in pan briefly then turn out onto a rack to cool.

Banana Bread Recipe #2 a.k.a. Flour’s Famous Banana Bread


1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs 1/2 cup oil 3 1/2 bananas, very ripe, mashed
2 tablespoons creme fraiche or sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2/3 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

Steps pretty much the same as the one above.

Wedding Thank-you Note Wording

We love every each one of them, but trying to come up with heartfelt messages can be such a daunting task. Below are links that I find very useful in help getting the job done.

Examples of how to title the envelops:

Examples of thank-you note wording for bridal party:

Examples of thank-you note wording for best man:

Examples of thank-you note wording for guests who attended the wedding:

Examples of thank-yous note wording for guests who did not attend:

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2. 婚禮前後的活動

華人世界的大小禮聘和喜餅之類在西式的婚禮過程裡是沒有的。取而代之的是女方的女性親友為即將出嫁的新娘舉辦的Brial Shower。前來參加的女性親友們會準備禮物,據說目的是讓婚禮能夠更順利的進行。除此之外,剩下的應該就是眾所皆知的「單身派對」,給新人們一個最後一次做也許在婚後不是那麼妥當的事的機會。

3. 送禮的方式


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