White Chocolate Lemon and Oats Cookies

#For Creative Cookie Exchange

My first post in almost a year.

Nothing in life should be taken for granted. Life itself should not be taken for granted and I've learnt this a very very hard way. I've still not been able to come to terms with the way my life has shaped up. In fact, there's no shaping up, I just don't know where my life is headed. Every body makes mistakes, I've made too but what should one do when the consequences are of a much greater magnitude than the mistakes? Whom do you complain to? I've heard all my life that there's great strength in prayers, but I guess it doesn't work for all, it has at least not worked for me. Don't know all that has happened with me over the past year has been for good or worse.

I've been too depressed to concentrate on this passion of mine - Baking. I always thought, I am not feeling happy, why should I bake? But then I had forgotten....Baking makes me Happy :) and anyways none of the problems in my life have sorted just because I've not been baking. So I guess it was time to stop thinking about the hell my life has been so far and rejuvenate myself with the 'happy hormones secreting' aroma of cakes, cookies, breads and all the other goodies from my oven. There couldn't be a better way to start this with other than the wonderful group Creative Cookie Exchange where all of us pick a theme every month and bake our cookies around it.

This month's theme is White Chocolate and our host is Laura. So I wondered what should I do with white chocolate? You see I'm not a big fan of this off white edible stuff. But that was until I had these delicious sweet and slightly tangy White Chocolate Lemon and Oats Cookies. Honestly, I wouldn't say that I now like white chocolate as much as it's dark counterpart, but the gap has definitely reduced.

Considering that white chocolate is quite sweet, I wanted something to balance the sweetness, something not sour but citrusy. What fits the bill better than a lemon? It deliciously balances the sweetness and provides a very refreshing flavor to these soft and yummy cookies. The use of muscovado sugar instead of superfine makes these cookies soft and moist. Oats that have been used in a small quantity add a wonderful texture to the cookies, not to mention increasing the health quotient in turn...all the more reason reason to bake and enjoy them through out the day :D

PS: I know the photographs aren't at par with the ones that I already have on this blog but I haven't started learning the art to photograph, let alone click some good ones.

Makes about 14 three inch cookies

Recipe Source: Partly adapted from Best Ever Cookie Book by Hilaire Walden

150 grams / 5 oz / 1 plus 1/4 cups self raising flour
150 grams / 5 oz / white chocolate chunks / chips / buttons
115 grams / 4 oz / 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
115 grams / 4 oz / 2/3 up light muscovado sugar
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1 large egg at room temperature
75 grams / 3 oz / 1/4 cup porridge oats

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C / 375 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Spoon out 1 teaspoon from the measured flour and add to the chocolate chips. Mix and keep aside.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and on medium-high speed, or using an electric hand mixer, cream the butter, lemon zest and sugar until light, pale and fluffy about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add the egg and beat until combined.

Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Add the chocolate chips followed by oats and mix.

Spoon or scoop the batter on the lined baking sheets, with about 3 inches gap between two cookies.

Bake for about 15 to 20 mins or until the cookies start turning pale golden. Leave the baking sheets to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully lift each cookie and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Storage Suggestions: These cookies can be stored at room temperature for upto 2 days in an airtight container.

Happy Baking!!!

The theme this month is White Chocolate! White Chocolate is seriously underrated as a baking ingredient -  it complements so many other flavors so nicely like citrus, spices, berries, winter squash etc. So if you want to see all the ways white chocolate can be used to make terrific cookies, you've come to the right place. If you're a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife@gmail.com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links.

You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes--be sure to check out our Facebook page, our Pinterest Board, and our monthly posts. You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month!

Craving for more White Chocolate recipes? Have a look at what the other talented bakers have made this month:


  1. Sorry that your life has been so difficult over the past year. I hope it gets better soon. It is nice to see you baking again.

    1. Thank you Renee :) It's nice to see you commenting on my blog again

  2. Well, you have a new fan here! I am glad you are baking, these sound marvelous! Thanks for joining in on Creative Cookie Exchange!

  3. I am glad you are baking and sharing your goodies again, and I sincerely hope you find a bright spot even in the middle of your sadness. So very sorry to hear you've been having a rough time lately.

    1. I am glad too Holly that I've started baking again. Thank you for your kind words.

  4. Deepti - Glad to see you baking and do pray every day brings greater joy for you...The blues / depression are not unfamiliar territory for me...I too was laid off several years back...And I do know happiness such as the delights of discovering this yummy cookie recipe! P.s. The pictures express perfectly the scrumptiousness of your white chocolate citrus oaty wonders =)

    1. Thank you so much! That's very sweet of you :)

  5. I hope that these cookies, and this wonderful group of women, give you a lift! My therapy is baking bread. It has carried me through many a bout of sadness. xoxo

    1. Thank you Karen, I get it now why you are so good at bread

  6. Welcome back to our happy baking place, Deepti. The crucial thing to remember about prayer is that the answers come but not always immediately or with the response we were hoping for. Sometimes a closed door means "no" but, more importantly, that something better is on the way. But in time. Meanwhile, I am delighted that you are back to baking and finding some joy in it.

  7. White chocolate and lemon is a favorite combination of mine!

  8. Lovely combination of Oats and Lemon.... My mom always says, when one door is closed, God opens another door for us... Just keep your eyes open... Have faith, everything will be fine...

  9. Welcome to the group , sorry to hear your having a hard time. These cookies sound delightful I look forward to baking with you.


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