Monday, February 18, 2008

Oatmeal Brittle

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups oats (any kind - I like the whole or Old Fashioned type)
2 cups sugar (remember, this is a confection...)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon flour
2 lightly beaten eggs
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

Heat your oven to 350. Prepare cookie sheets by covering them in aluminum foil and set them aside. Melt the butter in a glass container in a microwave set to half power. Meanwhile, in a medium-large bowl combine oats, sugar, salt and flour. Pour the melted butter (it must be very hot) over the dry ingredients and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in the beaten eggs and vanilla, mixing until thoroughly blended. Note: the batter, or mixture, will be quite loose.

Drop by scant spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets, one to two inches apart. The batter will spread even more in the oven, so do not completely cover the cookie sheets or the brittle will burn around the edges before cooking in the center. This cooks in 8 to 10 minutes.

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