Monday, July 11, 2005
Norman Rockwell's Oatmeal Wafers
Page 61 in the old book / page 90 in the new book
These are beautiful, large, thin cookies with a delicate crunch and an interesting name. Maida Heatter's note explains "They are a favorite of Norman Rockwell, the great illustrator of Americana."
I liked these a lot. They are not overly sweet and have a wonderful texture. I think the walnuts I used were a little less flavorful than normal and didn't have that slightly astringent bite you normally associate with walnuts, so the flavor of the cookies was a little bland. With better nuts, though, I think they would be outstanding.
These were very easy to make. I used parchment on the cookie sheets as I normally do, but for these cookies I'd say it is essential.
Here's the cookie panel - Terri is filling in for Suzanne, who is on vacation this week:
Terri: "These wafer-like cookies (1/4 inch thick) are a wonderful combination of nuts, oatmeal and a great buttery flavor. Chocolate chips would make them perfect! Rating - 4.5"
Denny: "Obviously Norm got his inspiration elsewhere. I'd give them a 2.9, rather ordinary. Good but ordinary. Rating - 2.9"
Laura: "Yummy crispy oatmeal cookies... my favorite, so far. Rating - 5"
Phil: "A flying saucer like wafer with a crater like surface. Great choice for those sci fi or NASA gourmands. This thin, chewy cookie is not as sweet or sticky as the Praline wafers (previously reviewed) but more a buttery fusion of yummy yet hard to decipher ingredients. Rating - 4.5"
Overall rating by the panel - 4.2
Next week - Oatmeal Snickerdoodles