Monday, September 27, 2010

Who likes Oatmeal Cookies?


Maybe you didn't hear me. "Who likes oatmeal cookies?" I say to Don and Elli.




I know they can hear me. Our living room is literally 6 steps from the kitchen. I just counted Don's steps as he walked from the kitchen to his red chair.

"Elli. Do you like oatmeal cookies?" I say to her. "I dunno. I don't think so." This is not going like I'd hoped. "Well, you like oatmeal, right?" I respond. "Yes." she says. "Ok. Then you'll love oatmeal cookies. We'll toss in a few mini chocolate chips too. Just for fun." Cuz everyone knows I hate raisins. There will be NO raisins in these cookies. "Ok." she said. With about as much enthusiasm as someone about to take a math test.

We never did get a response from Don. But I've seriously never seen that man pass up a cookie. I know he'll eat them.

So, after convincing Elli she would like the cookies, I talked her into helping me make them, because I had more surprises for her. It was my turn to walk the girls to dance the next day. You have to bring a snack for the six girls you're walking. My plan was to bring cookies. These cookies. ('Cuz I am an evil, evil mommy. )

I made the dough while Elli finished her homework. Elli scooped it onto the pan. In 10 minutes the house smelled like cinnamon oatmeal goodness. Elli (and Don) gobbled up 2 cookies each as soon as they were cool enough to handle.

Insert victory dance here because I'm a goof and this is how I roll.

"So Elli, I'm going to bring these cookies for the girls tomorrow. Is that ok?" I ask her. "Yes!" she said. "They'll love them. Oatmeal cookies are AWE-SOME!" This is how quick she'll change her tune. No faking it. I love that about her.

The next day I got some really sad puppy eyes when I showed the girls I brought oatmeal cookies. And I got a lot of silence. AGAIN! What's wrong with these people. So I went into super saleswoman speak, "They're home-made and really yummy. Elli made them! You're going to love them!!!!" I cheered to the group. They each begrudgingly took a cookie. And before I knew it all 12 cookies were gone and they were skipping along to dance.

Ha. I knew they would like them. Why do all the people in my life make it so hard?

(Dad, I know you like oatmeal cookies. No need to respond. And I would send you some but the silent people in my house ate them all.)

Uh, yeah. One cookie is missing from this photo. I ate it. It was gooooood.
Here's the recipe. Straight from the lid of the Quaker Oats oatmeal container.

Quaker® Oats Vanishing Oatmeal (Raisin) Cookies

2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar (I used dark brown sugar.)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla (I use Penzey's double-strength)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked oats)
1 cup raisins (optional, blech.) or,
1 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

1. Heat oven to 350ยบ F
2. Beat together butter and sugars until creamy.
3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well.
5. Stir in oats and raisins or chocolate chips; mix well.
6. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheet lined with a Silpat (or ungreased sheet)
7. Baked 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. (We baked them 10 minutes so they were still soft and not crispy.)
8. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack.
9. Makes about 4 dozen.

PS. So I just asked Don if he liked the oatmeal cookies. I got a nod. No actual verbal response. But a nod. What is wrong with the people in my life?????


  1. I LOOOOVE Oatmeal cookies and so does Mike =) Here's what you need to do with those people in your life: put 3 oatmeal cookies in a bag, then swing the bag against the side of their noggin! Now see how they like them cookies! :-P

  2. LOL! You are too funny. That may actually get a verbal response out of them!

  3. Just because you don't have anymore is no reason for me not to respond. I love oatmeal cookies with raisins, too. I can't understand anyone who doesn't like oatmeal cookies with raisins! Oh, well, you can always make some more and then send them to me. Yes? No?
    (I don't like Kathy's idea because it might damage the cookies.)

  4. Steven, glad you liked them! How are things in Ct? We think of you often.


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