Wow, how did I miss “National Oatmeal” day! Oatmeal is a staple to many and it is good for you. Sometimes, in life, as in eating, we don’t always want to do what is “good” for us. In fact, many times we humans tend to do the things that are often “not good” for us. We have to “sugar coat” everything, in order for us to make the situation “palatable”!
Food is the same way, too. Many times we have to fix up our veggies, in order for the children and even adults to like them. Oatmeal is good, if you “doctor” it up a little. But to me and to many people out there, the best way to enjoy oatmeal is by making some delicious oatmeal cookies.
So, anyways, I use to sell my cookies at the Farmers’ Market every Saturday and would generally sell out within a couple of hours. One customer, in particular, a very sweet little ole’ lady, use to come by every week and buy several dozen of my oatmeal cookies. We eventually became friends and one day commented to her that she sure loved my cookies and how did she keep her great shape when she would eat several dozen cookies every week. It was then that she explained that she loved them, for sure, but she mainly bought them for her Grandchildren. I must have looked surprised and reacted by saying, “Hey, I thought Grandmas’ were supposed to bake for their grandchildren”! She responded by saying that she used to but once they had one of my cookies that they said that they were betta’ than Grandmas’. So, now she had to come by every Saturday just to buy cookies for her Grandchildren. So the following recipe is dedicated to all of the Grandmothers out there in the world. For without you, none of our families would be here now! Three cheers and hip, hip, hurray to Grandmothers everywhere, here and in the heavens above, for we bake these cookies with all of your love!
BETTA’ THAN GRAMMAS’ OATMEAL
1 ½ – cups unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ – cups brown sugar
½ – cup sugar (raw organic optional)
1 – egg (brown organic optional)
1 ½ – teaspoon vanilla
¼ – teaspoon almond extract
1 ¾ – cup A.P. Unbleached Flour
1 – teaspoon baking soda
1 – teaspoon salt
1 – teaspoon cinnamon
½ – teaspoon nutmeg
3 – cups quick or regular oats
½ – cup sweet shredded coconut
1 – cup white chocolate chips
½ – cup dried cranberries
¾ – cup chopped unsalted macadamias (if using salted, use ¼ teaspoon less salt in dry ingredients) – optional
In a large stainless steel bowl, beat the butter until smooth and fluffy. Next add sugars and beat until smooth. Add the egg, vanilla and almond extract and beat until smooth. Next add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Mix in the oats then the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. This cookie recipe bakes best right after mixing. Preheat the oven to three hundred fifty-degrees. Line a sheet pan with wax paper or parchment paper. Scoop six cookie dough balls using a four-ounce ice cream scoop and place two by three on the lined sheet pan. Cover the dough balls with wax paper and press into a disc using the bottom of a salt can or something flat. Remove the outer wax paper and bake for approximately fourteen to sixteen minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown. Cool before removing from the pan. Use a spatula to remove the cookies.
You know the drill, that is right… bake a bunch of these cookies and then go out and pass them around! Remember, you may not be able to change the world, but you can be kind to all you pass along your journey and a warm, fresh baked cookie is a sure way to create a smile on someone’s face!
Life is a beautiful thing, no matter what we may be experiencing. Challenges come and go, for reasons sometimes that we may never understand. Tolerance is a good quality, tolerance to never allow yourself to get angry at “LIFE”, for all of the unknowns that are thrown at us. Love, is another great quality, for if you approach everything with love, than you can never go wrong.
Approach every moment as a “Gift”, because honestly… it IS! Remember this my friends, every situation only leaves us with two choices… to have a “Gladitude” or to have a “Baditude”! The choice is yours and hopefully you choose to have a “Gladitude”!
Until next time, embrace your gift of life and create as many great moments for yourself and all those around you! Peace
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose site of the shore~! Andre Gide