I don’t like oatmeal cookies. When I hear oatmeal cookies I think of too much cinnamon, nutmeg or some other spice. I think of seeing raisins and thinking they are chocolate chips only to bit into the cookie and realize they are raisins. Plus I didn’t think my kids would eat them. Only Will is a fan of oatmeal. If the others found out, they wouldn’t think of eating them.
Mom claimed these were most assuredly a sweet cookie and not savory. We talked about making them with the kids and how to keep them from finding out.
We lined up all the ingredients on the counter much like that of a cooking show. Everything was premeasured in small bowls or cups so the kids could easily pour the ingredients into the mixing bowl. Chairs were pulled to the counter and Grandma and the kids made cookies.
When it came time to add the oatmeal they were told we were going to add a secret ingredient and to go to the living room to watch T.V. They were happy to comply. Of course, they constantly asked “What is the secret ingredient?” Our answer, “Love.”
The secret ingredient was love. They got to spend time with their Grandma making cookies. A memory that will carry them far into adulthood. Something they may even tell their own kids, “I remember this one time Grandma and mom made cookies and they said the secret ingredient was love.”
We made the cookies again at home for the first week of school. They each got to pour in the sugar, salt, vanilla, flour, baking soda, eggs and chocolate chips, but when it came to the oatmeal, I made them leave the kitchen. I added the love.
One day they will find out. And one day they won’t care that the secret was oatmeal.
If you want to try the cookies, here is the recipe we used: (we just double the amount of chocolate chips) http://allrecipes.com/recipe/24445/chewy-chocolate-chip-oatmeal-cookies/