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APPETIZERS AND SIDES
A female empowering non-diet dietitian supporting women who want to create a healthier relationship with food.
SOUPS AND STEWS
DIPS, DRESSINGS & MARINADEs
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These Classic Oatmeal Cookies have been in my family for a few generations. Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, they will bring nostalgia right into your kitchen too!
This is a very special recipe for me to share. My Papa’s 99th birthday (yes, he was born in 1923) would have been this upcoming week. He passed away last year and I have been missing him and his phone calls every day since. So I wanted to celebrate his birthday with this small tribute. These Classic Oatmeal Cookies were one of the few of Papa’s go-to recipes. He was a sucker for all food but mostly sweets. Whether it was cake, pie, cookies or anything with honey drizzled on top, he was interested! So when he got in the mood for dessert, he would whip up a batch of these oatmeal cookies. This exact recipe had been passed down to him from his Mom and a family friend, so we are keeping the tradition alive!
It’s about time we squash the idea that dietitians don’t eat dessert or anything deemed “unhealthy.” If you have been following me on Instagram you will know I preach the approach “all foods fit.” In fact, I find this way of eating is actually healthier than following a strict diet of no sugary foods or desserts. If you have been down that path before, you may be able to attest to the restrict and binge cycle. The more we avoid and eliminate certain foods from our diet, the harder it is to stop thinking about them. This can result in a negative thought pattern that has the potential to create stress around food, ultimately leading to an unhealthy lifestyle.
When we give ourselves unconditional permission to have all foods, we begin to learn what we crave, what makes us feel good physically and mentally and the stress around food drops away.
Okay, now that we have covered that, let’s get back to Papa’s Classic Oatmeal Cookies…
Some of my most cherished photos are of Papa flattening the cookies when we made them together one day. He preferred to make them thinner and crunchy so he really put pressure on that fork. If this is how you prefer your cookies, go ahead and do that! I like my cookies to have a bit of chewiness to them, so I keep them around 1/2″ thick before baking.
A couple of options that could add a bit of extra texture (and flavour) include:
I learned this trick from Sarah at Broma Bakery and it will save you so much time! If you don’t have time to soften your butter to room temperature, we can make butter from the fridge work too. Here’s what you do:
I really hope you love this Classic Oatmeal Cookie recipe! If you can make it with a family member or close friend, you’ll be sharing the love of them just like my Papa did with me. Enjoy!
Don’t forget to check out some of these other delicious cookie recipes:
If you make Papa’s Classic Oatmeal Cookies I would love to see your comment and rating below. It also makes my day seeing your creations of my recipes on Instagram- don’t forget to tag @allnutrition.rd!