It’s raining here today and whenever we get one of those grey, nothing-but-drizzle days, I want to bake. Nothing healthy. Nothing fancy. Just something old-fashioned and down-to-earth. According to my mother, I come by this impulse honestly. Apparently, my grandmother hated the rain and on dull days would bake to cheer herself up. I’m sure that one day scientists will discover a baking gene.
While humidity isn’t great for some desserts, this cookie recipe comes out perfectly, regardless of weather. I got it from an ex-boyfriend’s mother. This and her banana cake recipe (which I promise to share someday) are all that remain of that relationship. Every time I bite into one of these little darlings, I thank the gods of romance for allowing me a long-term love affair with food.
Rainy Day Oatmeal Cookies
Makes 2-3 dozen.
These are the best oatmeal cookies I’ve ever had. Crunchy, buttery and so old-fashioned, I feel like a kid every time I eat them.
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Cream butter and sugar together.
- Add egg and vanilla. Beat again until smooth.
- Sift dry ingredients together and mix into batter.
- Add oats and mix thoroughly.
- Drop by teaspoon onto cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350F for 10 to 12 minutes. Watch carefully. You don’t want them to burn.
- Eat with eyes open.
- Eat with eyes closed.