• Therese Ludwig

Cookie Monster

I am a huge fan of all things pastry! The creation of new sweets is something I have always been fascinated by, but the look on someone's face when you share a taste of the mastered creation is why I bake!

I aim to please, not just in my career but in all facets of life. It is just how I have always been, and it most definitely isn't a trait I will be shaking any time soon. I understand with all things in life, you can't always make everyone happy but heck if I won't try! Even with the toughest of crowds I have found that you can usually catch a smile or smirk when you share something delectable with a person.

My family and I owned a bakery/bistro for many years in Carefree, AZ. Every day we had a wonderful selection of pastries displayed in our bakery case. That bakery case was the focal point for everyone who entered those doors. It was the first thing they looked at when they came in, and typically during the experience they contemplated what else they NEEDED from that glass framed stand.

My favorite additions to the bakery case each week were the rotating cookies. Each day I would let my inspiration lead me to a new variety of cookie flavors. Of all the sweets in the world, my favorite will always be COOKIES! I can eat them anytime, anywhere, any flavor, any shape, any size... you get the picture. My sister Ashley had quite the influence on certain flavors she thought we needed each day around the holidays. This post is dedicated to Ashley, because today I share with you her most requested flavor: Iced Oatmeal Cookies (or as Ashley refers to them, Iced Oaties).

These cookies are something magical. They are soft, yet a touch of crunch, chewy, perfectly spiced, and finished with a lovely vanilla icing. These are in my top ten favorite cookies ever list. Yes, I have a list and I intend to share many of these incredible cookie recipes with you.

I hope these "Iced Oaties" soothe your soul! I know the first bite of something wonderful can give you all the feels, so I hope you can enjoy a moment of bliss and even though it may be hard, share some with your loved ones!


Iced Oatmeal Cookies:

2 cups oats

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon baking powder

1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon ground ginger

8 ounces butter (2 sticks)

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1. In an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla until well incorporated. Then add in the eggs, and mix well. Be sure to scrape down the bowl well in between mixing.

2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Add the oats and sifted the dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixture. Mix well. Scrape the bowl from top to bottom and do one final mix.

3. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and using a small cookie scoop, scoop cookies on to pan. You can fit about 6-8 cookies on a sheet pan, so they have room to spread.

4. Bake cookies at 350 for about 11-13 minutes. The edges will be very lightly golden and centers soft, but slightly puffed. While they bake prepare the vanilla icing.

Vanilla Icing:

2 cups powdered sugar

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2-3 Tablespoons milk

1. In a bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. The icing should be thick, not too runny. Once cookies cool slightly, spoon icing on the top of each cookie and spread it all over the surface. Allow the icing to firm up slightly, and then enjoy!

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