I’m not entirely sure if a ‘dessert person’ is merely a dessert person, thereby grouping all the always-have-room-for-dessert people together, or there are actually sub-categories to identify sweet-toothed people with respective inclinations. You see, I unabashedly admit to having a sweet tooth, which one can easily gather from my posts, of course. And regardless of how appetising and scrumptiously filling a several-course meal may be, I will always have room for dessert. But it only recently crossed my mind that I may not have exactly been the dessert person I reckoned I was, after finding myself somewhat dumbfounded, flipping through the menu of a local restaurant boasting a much-raved array of desserts flown in directly from the States, only to have me thinking ‘Can’t I have just a plain ‘ol slice of brownie with a scoop of ice-cream?’. And you would think that the chocoholic in me would have been easily appeased by the tantalising slices of chocolate cakes sitting by the counter, but no;– urgh cheese, too much cream, there’s coffee in that one, yuck cherries. It was then that I came to the conclusion that perhaps I was not so much a dessert person as I am a brownies-for-dessert person.
The mister, on the other hand, almost always never has room for dessert. He would echo my gratitude after having had a filling meal, vehemently declining dessert, but would know me well enough to pop by any ice-cream stand immediately thereafter, to order for one. I remember one of the defining moments in our relationship to be his nonchalant ‘I don’t really eat cakes’ reply when asked what he would like for his birthday, to which I assumed followed a specific preference, only to realise ‘Awww man, dude don’t like no cake!’. But throw some cookies his way, and bake a birthday cookie cake in exchange, and all is forgiven. And judging from the speed at which this won’t-eat-oatmeal-even-if-you-dangled-batmobile-over-it cookie monster of mine gobbled down these chewy oatmeal cookies, I’m guessing if dessert menus began offering chewy cookies, he would probably start leaving room for dessert as well.
What type of dessert person are you? Will any dessert do, or do you find yourself subconsciously looking out for something specific in the menu?
Chewy Mixed Chips Oatmeal Cookies
(adapted from here)
1⁄4 cup sugar
1⁄2 cup brown sugar
3⁄4 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1⁄3 cup chocolate chips
1⁄3 cup cinnamon chips
- Preheat oven to 190°C.
- Combine the sugars, oil, egg, and vanilla in a large bowl and mix till thoroughly combined.
- In a separate smaller bowl, combine the flour, oats, and baking powder.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the wet, and then fold in the chocolate and cinnamon chips.
- Drop scoops / tablespoonfuls of dough (they expand, so don’t drop too large a dough) onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 12 mins, or until the edges brown slightly. Leave to cool in the pan for a minute or two, then move to a rack to cool completely.