The chocolate fix – no bake oatmeal chocolate cookies

standard February 12, 2010 4 responses

One of my very oldest friends (Oldest as in I’ve known her for a long, long time. Not oldest as in she’s older than all the others. Even though Little L does refer to her as Very Old.), Alex, is a fantastic baker. Back when we were teens in Paris she often made me her famous Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies. I loved those cookies. When she left to go back to the States, taking that recipe with her, I mourned.

It was like loosing my best friend. And her cookie recipe.

OK. Fine. It was more than just like loosing a best friend. And I missed her way more than I missed the cookies.

But I did think about the cookies a lot.

Years and years later Alex and I are still good friends even though she lives way far away on the other side of the country.

She recently came to visit for a few days, bringing with her a pocket full of recipe cards and her serious cooking mojo. She baked and cooked for us and now that she’s gone we still talk about the amazing meals she made for us. Especially her pesto. And awesome cookies.

Yes, because she did it again. She made me cookies that I can’t stop thinking about.

No bake, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. (It’s a theme.) She made a huge batch before she left. And even though I seriously thought about bringing them to work to share with my coworkers, I couldn’t bring myself to part with them. Instead I savored those cookies. Eating just one a night until they finally ran out. The night I couldn’t have my post dinner no bake cookie was a sad one indeed.

There may have been serious moaning and whining on Twitter.

Lucky for me, I’m smarter now than I was when I was 16 and I actually emailed her for the recipe. (I know! Brilliant!) And because I’m nice like that I’m going to share it with you. Because these things are the perfect solution for that 9pm chocolate craving. Think delectable fudge with oatmeal. All ready in less than 20 minutes.

You’re welcome.

(Also, Alex, I miss you for way more than your cookies. You know that. Right? But thank you for sending me the recipe!)

Alex’s Infamous No Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies

1 stick butter
1/2 C. Milk
2 C. Sugar
1 C. Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
3 C. Oatmeal (not quick oats)
1 tsp Vanilla extract

1) Melt and boil butter, milk, sugar for 1 minute.
2) Pour hot mixture over the rest of the ingredients. Stir.
3) Shape cookies into cookie shapes and let cool.
4) Enjoy.

Mmmmmm.

Weekly Winners – Sweet cookie making

standard February 15, 2009 4 responses

Yesterday I kept the girls home from daycare to do a round of play dates. We were crazy busy all morning, but our post nap afternoon was wide open. I almost caved to pathetic pleas for crafts, crafts, and more crafts, before realizing that we could put our efforts to good use by making Valentines Day cookies.

The girls, of course, were more than game.

I hunted down a few ingredients and props and found a recipe for Lollipop Cookies and we were in business. I thought only C would be interested, but Little L pulled up her own chair and got involved. I grabbed the camera and captured some Weekly Winners.

Everyone had to inspect the Popsicle sticks.
And maybe put some in the Stand Mixer.
Only big girls get to decorate cookies.
Little girls find that very unfair.
Big girls are not perturbed by little girl jealousy.
Little girls find that unfair too.
And boring.
Until their big sister gives them some sprinkles.
Then it’s awesome.
Then mommy freaks out and gets all controlling
and sends both girls to watch Tinkerbell, the movie.
So she can make purty cookies.
For her hunk of a Valentine.

Hope your Valentines Day was filled with some sort of love and sugar.