Friday, February 20, 2009

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Asher is still not himself. He won't eat or drink. I'm afraid he's inching toward serious dehydration. But at the same time, he doesn't have any serious signs of illness other than not eating or drinking and not "being himself". So I'm not sure what that means. But today I decided to make Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies and see if I could entice him to eat that way.

The history of the cookie:
Several years ago my mother spent hours putting all her recipes into one uniform format, printing them and laminating them. Then she sent a complete set to each of her children. They are fabulous. The best part about them is that on the bottom of each card is a little story or memory of that dish. The Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies say "These were a school lunch favorite for the Ashurst kids. Great dunking! As I remember the story, my mother Helen, created this recipe after my sister Ellen had encephalitis. They were nutritious and high in protein to help her gain her strength back." So I figured if they were good for encephalitis, they must be good for the flu too!

The recipe:
1/2 C shortening
1/2 C soft margarine
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
1 C peanut butter
1 egg

Blend the above, then add:

2 C flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda

Blend the above, then stir in:

1 C oatmeal

Roll in balls and then smash with a fork to make a crisscross pattern. Bake 8-10 minutes at 350.

My version:
First off, cookies just are hardly cookies without chocolate chips - so I add chocolate chips to mine. And secondly, since I add chocolate chips, I don't squish mine with a fork.

After patiently baking these with Asher and Isaiah's help (Naomi was at school), Asher refused to eat any. Now if that's not a sign of a sick boy, I don't know what is! Who turns down a cookie fresh out of the oven?

See Mom's sweet little recipe card? And the "photo holder" that I use to hold my recipes is from my MIL so I channel both my Mom's when I'm cooking or baking!

The grumpy, non-eating, non-drinking, rash-faced-from-swiping-his-arm-across-his-runny-nose, boy himself.

And a close up of the cookies, just to make you drool!

Happy Baking!


erica said...

my dr. said kids only need about 12 oz. a day to be okay. that's a tsp every 15 minutes, or so. can you bribe him? he's bribable, right?

chelsea said...

luckily no one is sick, but i'm still gonna have to try those cookies. and seriously why do people even make cookies without chocolate chips in them? sugar cookies are the only exception, but seriously gingersnaps? snickerdoodles? honestly...

Ruth said...

That is such a good idea to add chocolate chips! I'm going to try it.

angela michelle said...

i have children who don't like chocolate chip cookies--i don't know what I've done wrong!

SewsCute said...

I made your cookies and have had several people over to the house since then. They all love them and some want the recipe. I made them without your alterations, so no chocolate chips. So I hope you don't mind if I pass it along. Let me know if it's alright.