Happy Oatmeal Cookie Day!

Oatmeal cookies! I love oatmeal cookies! They’re my favourite cookie, and I don’t understand all the hate they get. A good, chewy, hearty and slightly sweet oatmeal cookie is the best treat ever. So of course I’m going to dive deep into my pantry today and make my very own perfect oatmeal cookie.

I go online and find this recipe by Two Purple Figs. It seems simple and the base ingredients more or less match what I have in my cupboard. For the fillings, I pull out anything I can find that could possibly go in an oatmeal cookie. Cranberries, hemp hearts, flax meal, pepitas, coconut, walnuts, dates… Whew. I hope there’s room!

Many ingredients, some of them unnecessary.

I start the recipe on step 3, mixing the dry ingredients. I just wanted to do the least messy part first and clear up some room on the counter. So I add a teaspoon of this and that to the filling. I have a stroke of genius and add a couple of teaspoons of chocolate protein shake mix. A bit of everything goes in there as I do the thing bakers aren’t supposed to do: eyeball the ingredients. I’m halving the recipe as I usually do, leaving me to estimate measurements like 1/8 of a teaspoon, and half of 1/3 cup. Living on the edge, am I right?

I move on to the wet ingredients. I use a hand mixer to beat the butter and brown sugar together in far too small a bowl, leading to butter and brown sugar flying everywhere. Instead of putting the mixture into a larger bowl, I carefully move the bowl into the sink and continue following the recipe. Before long, I have a sink covered in bits of buttery sugar and a smooth peanut-butter-looking soup. I fold in the dry ingredient mix, and it immediately smells amazing. The choco protein powder is really coming through. The finished batter looks so tasty, I can’t help but take a tiny bite. It’s DIVINE!

I cannot wait to put these cookies in my mouth. I gently mold the little baby lumps on the baking tray and put them in the oven.

I love them

Twelve minutes later, the apartment smells chocolatey and oaty. My mouth is watering as I set the tray aside to cool. I can’t help it, I grab a cookie and take a bite. It’s everything I ever wanted in a cookie. So warm, chewy, crunchy, not too sweet… I’m in heaven. I just love oatmeal cookies.

Look at this perfection!

Happy Oatmeal Cookie Day!