Permalink

0

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

I’m going to share some personal health information with you because it relates to the cookies pictured above: I spent thirty minutes in an MRI machine yesterday afternoon. I’m not dealing with anything serious or life-threatening, so don’t worry, but it did require me to stay motionless in a tiny tube for a half-hour while a machine took pictures of my insides—a really, really loud machine. For most people, this would be an uncomfortable 30 minutes, but for an anxiety-ridden, claustrophobic person like me, it was just one long panic attack.

They did have some sweet signs, though.

When the exam was over, I refused to take the subway home and spend an hour in a larger tube, so I took a cab instead. I rolled my window down as we passed over the Brooklyn Bridge and looked out over the river. My sunglasses were on, the city wind pulled at my hair, and I knew there was only one way to celebrate freedom: baking some damn cookies. Namely, some cookies with oatmeal, cranberries, and chocolate chips.

I’d call them Oatmeal Triple C Cookies, but the Internet tells me Triple C is the street name for a cough medicine teenagers like to trip on. Hm. Let’s stick with the more descriptive Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies. Continue Reading →

Permalink

0

Holiday Treats: Indecision Cookies

You can tell it’s mid-December by looking at most streets in Manhattan. They’re crowded with shoppers laden with gifts, tourists blocking foot traffic in front of window displays, and all manner of other manifestations of “Silver Bells” song lyrics. You can also tell it’s mid-December by looking into the kitchens of most apartments across the city and finding people baking dozens upon dozens of cookies. The traditional cookies and bars in my family range from Seven Layer Bars to Bailey’s Irish Cream Cookies to the dreaded Snowball Cookies (pecan cookies rolled in confectioner’s sugar), which I ate ten too many of when I was a child and proceeded to toss in the bathroom soon after. 

I got into the baking spirit last week and as I was deciding on the kind of cookies I would make that afternoon, I was torn between peanut butter, chocolate chip, and oatmeal. The result was just throwing them all together to create Indecision Cookies, the first in a series of recipes for holiday treats I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks. Continue Reading →