Olde-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

*My children are magicians.
*
They don’t work with top hats and scarves.
They don’t employ rabbits or sequined assistants.
Yet, they work their magic daily.
And, though I’m not a fan of it,
I am their biggest fan.
*
I suppose the magic act began after my oldest was born.
He smiled, crawled, cradled his rubber-band wrists
’round my cheeks at bedtime.
And, I thought this was the perfect stage
at which to freeze him.
*
No more changing, I whispered. No more growing up.
*
But, he had a new trick for the show:
He learned to say MOM, then DAD
And, though I was determined to keep him a baby–
to levitate him midair and hold him there forever–
I found myself captivated by his charm.
Clapping, marveling, wondering, wowing.
*
Allright, I agreed.
I’ll allow you to learn this one more magnificent skill.
*But that’s it, I insisted.
Now was the perfect stage.
No more changing. No more growing up.
*
Before long, siblings arrived, and he became
the eldest, the oldest, the big brother,
The Ringmaster.
Passing on the tricks of the trade.
Helping the wee ones jump through the hoops
of kindergarten and kite-flying.
Teaching them the magic words.
*
And, before I knew it
Abracadabra
they were growing,
growing,
grown.
*
Yet, you see, I’ve grown too.
Because now I know we’ve finally reached
the perfect stage
at which to freeze them all.
*
So, tonight I insisted:
*No more changing. No more growing up.
*I think this time they’ve finally listened.*
Except for that one new trick
they’re going to show me in the morning…

The Grandest, Largest, Best, Most Amazing
Olde-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies
in the World
*
There are few cookies which marvel without a good stick or so of butter. Don’t let the lack of the dairied bliss fool you. These cookies bake into giant hunks of toothsome pleasure, crisp-crunchy on the outside, chewy as-all-get-out on the inside.
*
1/3 c. canola oil
1 1/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1 T. Blackstrap molasses
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. vinegar
3/4 t. sea salt
1/3 c. raisins
1/3 c. shredded coconut
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ginger
1/2 t. allspice
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 c. flour
3/4 c. old-fashioned oats
*
In a large bowl, combine oil, sugar, and egg until well mixed. Add molasses and beat well. Mix in remaining ingredients. Drop by giant spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven, at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes, or until edges of cookie are lightly browned.

Biggest thanks to
THE BLONDE DUCK
who interviewed me for the Sunday edition
of her remarkably loveable blog.
CLICK HERE
to visit, and awe at her talent.

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30 Responses to “Olde-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies”

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    Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" on April 2, 2009 at 10:39 pm Reply

    Oh this is such a creative entry! How fun! I love your little faces you do, I always see them on Tastespotting, heehee.

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    lyndsay on April 2, 2009 at 11:44 pm Reply

    ohmigosh!! you should visit my blog for a circus-themed cake/cupcakes!! great timing!

    you and your post: awesome as always.

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    Valerie on April 3, 2009 at 12:49 am Reply

    They look delicious! But, I don’t see any oatmeal listed in the recipe (except for the title)??

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    Megan on April 3, 2009 at 6:41 am Reply

    Hilarious and touching, a perfect post!

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    It's All Good on April 3, 2009 at 7:24 am Reply

    Im not sure how old your kids are, but wait til they reach their teens if they havent already…

    Thats when you want them to really vanish! =)

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    Sophie on April 3, 2009 at 8:05 am Reply

    I do look forward to having kiddos, but I realize that even for me time goes by too quickly, so I can only imagine with it’ll be like when I’m a mom :D. I love your cookies–and their circus gear :)…the canola oil in sounds like an awesome alternative in oatmeal cookies.

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    Live.Love.Eat on April 3, 2009 at 11:01 am Reply

    SOOOO cute. How long does it take you to do one post. It takes me awhile and I don’t even have all the cuteness you do.

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    noble pig on April 3, 2009 at 12:10 pm Reply

    I always need toothsome pleasure! Nice to meet you!

    The cookies souns awesome!

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    The Duo Dishes on April 3, 2009 at 3:03 pm Reply

    What a fun way to show cooking. And those cookies look great too!

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    Leah on April 3, 2009 at 3:19 pm Reply

    What a wonderful Blog.

    Thank you!

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    Liz on April 3, 2009 at 7:46 pm Reply

    Awesome cookies!!!

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    Amanda on April 3, 2009 at 11:27 pm Reply

    I love your blog. :D I just found it via Cupcakes Take the Cake and I think its the cutest and most creative I’ve seen. You’re awesome! :)

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    The Blonde Duck on April 4, 2009 at 6:33 am Reply

    I’ve got to have these. Oh yum!

    I hope you like your interview Sunday! :)

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    Jen on April 4, 2009 at 6:49 pm Reply

    Oh this was such a great post. I am so going to try these cookies. I have been craving oatmeal cookies for some time now.

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    Laura Flowers on April 5, 2009 at 12:02 am Reply

    I am once again in awe of your expression and talent. I hope you find a good way to freeze your children. If you do, send word. I’d like to do the same.

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    Yaya on April 5, 2009 at 3:28 pm Reply

    Stopping by from Blond Duck’s where you were featured. Love your blog (again) so I have to follow!

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    Whitney on April 5, 2009 at 5:30 pm Reply

    Such a lovely post! I love this! thanks for stopping by my blog too!
    Your interview with Blond Duck was fab!

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    sarah on April 6, 2009 at 11:27 am Reply

    What a lovely entry!! I just adore your blog! And thanks for stopping by mine. :)

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    kathy on April 6, 2009 at 4:36 pm Reply

    Found you by way of the Blonde Duck – love your blog – man those cookies look and sound dee-lish! Thanks for sharing the recipe’!

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    Noodle on April 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm Reply

    Yum! Molasses and coconut? I’m there! I can’t wait to try these.
    Thanks!
    Also, this post was so right on the money. I think 7 months is the cutest age. Alas, they continue to grow up, and you’ve done your job – but they still need their mom sometimes! ;)

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    Christy Wagner on April 7, 2009 at 9:26 am Reply

    Such a cute blog!

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    Pixeltrash on April 7, 2009 at 6:07 pm Reply

    Seriously, this made me want to cry. I know exactly what you’re saying. My boys are 6 and 8 and they just keep amazing me.

    Love the magical cookie posters. Wonderful, as always!

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    Sass on April 13, 2009 at 4:27 am Reply

    Oh my goodness…what a wonderful post!

    I love that you say “rubber band wrists.” That’s exactly what I call them. ;)

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    Kati on April 13, 2009 at 6:08 am Reply

    Stopping over from SITS! Your blog is too adorable. I love it! You are making me hungry!!

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    Jenny-Jenny on April 13, 2009 at 7:15 am Reply

    I just kept scrolling and scrolling wanting more and never wanting to stop and comment because I just wanted to keep on reading. Can’t wait to try this and many of the other recipes you have. What a fun presentation!!

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    M on April 13, 2009 at 7:21 am Reply

    I’m new, coming over from SITS, love your blog.

    I MUST.TRY. these, they look absolutely delicious!!

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    Elizabeth on April 13, 2009 at 7:31 am Reply

    Wow, those look totally scrumptious! I found you through SITS today, and all I can say is: WOW! Your blog is so fresh and different – your design and graphics (not to mention the recipes) are so awesome. Kudos!

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    Rbarakat on April 13, 2009 at 7:45 am Reply

    You are so creative! Wonderul site!

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    Jes the Bes on April 13, 2009 at 10:06 am Reply

    Oatmeal cookies are my favorites. For some reason you don’t feel so bad when you eat 20 of them cause they are “health” oatmeal cookies!

    Thanks for sharing.

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    halo on April 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing, these are my new favorite oatmeal cookie…mmmm,yum;-)

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