Waiting For Baby Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

June 19th, 2012 | Posted by Alison Spath in Short or Sweet

So yesterday was my “due date”, and here I am today, still pregnant.

40 weeks pregnant

This comes as no surprise really as I have never had a baby arrive before 40 weeks. This babe appears to be reading the notes the other two left behind, which must instruct all fetuses to stay put until I start making threats to name them Newton or Elphaba.

While we wait, I’m doing all sorts of important stuff around here. You know, like cleaning, doing laundry, playing Spider Solitaire, cleaning again, and most importantly, making cookies.

Oatmeal Cookie Ingredients

I like to call these Lactation Cookies because they contain rolled oats. Oatmeal is supposed to be one of those foods that helps boost your milk supply, but if you’re not lactating or don’t plan be to any time soon, you can just call them oatmeal cookies. Whether that oatmeal bit is really true or not, it’s a great excuse to make oatmeal cookies if I’ve ever heard one.

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Unbaked Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 c butter, softened
1 c brown sugar
1 c white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
2 1/2 c all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
2 c rolled oats
1 1/2 c chocolate chips (or raisins)
3/4 c walnuts or pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Cream together butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Mix in vanilla. Beat in one egg at a time. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda. Slowly add dry mix to butter/sugar mix. Stir in oats and chocolate chips, 1 cup at a time. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, allow to cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before moving to cooling racks.

Cooling Racks

The next thing to do with these cookies is to bag them up and stick them in the freezer, so that you have a stash of oatmeal cookies on hand when you really need them.

Oatmeal Cookies for Freezer

This freezer step is extremely important though! It helps them disappear slower, but it also forces you eat slower. That means it’s not as easy to shovel in half a dozen cookies before your game of Spider Solitare is over.

Eat slower, feel satisfied sooner, fewer cookies are consumed and now there are more for me.

Most importantly? Frozen cookies are freaking awesome.

This is where my best girlfriend who already made a batch of oatmeal cookies for my freezer is saying “ummm, Alison, what happened to the ones I made you?”

Uh, yeah. We ate those. I had to make more.

My apologies for being MIA in recent weeks. Truth be told I’ve simply been the most boring foodie this side of the Mississippi. I’ve eaten more watermelon than any one person should be allowed to eat and I’ve spent the third trimester forcing greens and vegetables down with a stick. I’m hoping that once baby is finally here, he or she will bring back my appetite for more varied and interesting meals along with them.

This is why a cookie recipe is all I’ve got for you for now. The hand that makes the oatmeal cookies rules the world!

That’s how that saying goes, right?

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15 Responses

  • Daniel says:

    Well it’s good to hear that you’re still alive and kicking and doing well! I like the idea of freezing cookies – I do it with everything else – but unfortunately I like a lot of my foods frozen (fruit, banana bread and pancakes, namely) and I don’t think freezing the cookies would make me eat fewer of them. 😛

    I hope you have an easy and uncomplicated delivery soon! ^^

  • I knew you’d be getting close to D day!! So excited for you, thanks for letting us know how you’re doing. I was actually on the rampage for a good choc chip cookie recipe last night but I gave up and had a handful of choc chips instead ;-/ BUT, since I *am* lactating I guess I had better make these ones!

  • Katheryn says:

    Glad to “hear” from you again! The cookies look fantastic, I’ll definitely be making these this week.

    I just had #3 baby 4 weeks ago, and he did the same thing as the first two. Went over the due date and waited until the very last minute. Hope your little one comes soon and that you stay comfortable. You look great!

  • Both my boys were late too (5 and 7 days). It’s sooo hard to go past that due date. Glad you are making good use of the time baking. Hope you don’t have to wait too much longer!

  • Sarah says:

    Praying that baby gets here safely and 100% healthy soon! <3

  • holly says:

    ahhhhhh let’s get that baby outta there!!!!! p.s. so good to see a post from you pop up in my reader 😉

  • I hope the babe has made a grand entrance by now! These cookies look fantastic and like a perfect way to pass the oh-I’m-so-done-being-pregnant last days.

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