MAKING COOKIES… Another Milestone in Life…

Yesterday, I made cookies.  Big deal, right?  Well in a way it was, because I had never made cookies before.  I guess that is technically not true, because I remember baking cookies once, a long time ago with my daughters… the chocolate chip kind you brought in a tube, and sliced up, and put on a baking sheet, and put in the oven, and baked.  But I’m not really counting that as cookie making, since I didn’t have anything to do with the ingredients… much like heating up a TV Dinner would qualify as cooking.   So, I made Oatmeal Date Pecan Cookies… from scratch.  From Scratch… now that is a term I dislike, and now I have used it.  Having worked in restaurants, the wording on menus is always interesting to me.  One of my pet peeves, is the use of terms like ‘our own’ and ‘from scratch’ in describing salad dressing and other items coming out of the kitchen.  But that’s just me, and now I have used ‘from scratch’… I guess that makes my cookies all the more special.  So, what’s the big deal about making cookies?  Well, nothing really, except it is another ‘notch in the belt’ of my trying new experiences.

Why Cookies?

About two or three weeks ago, I went by Ann’s house, and she had made cookies.  I was astonished.  Ann does not bake except at Thanksgiving, when she supplies pies for the feast.  So, I was surprised when she said she had made Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies… and they were really good.  Ann is very accomplished at making Authentic Indian Cuisine, and is a pretty good pie maker, but, she is not a cookie baking grandmother type.  So I figured if she could do it, I could also.  I had long had a yen for an oatmeal cookie with dates.  I once did some work for a woman who paid me in Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  They were fantastic, and when I suggested she use dates instead of raisins the next time she made them, she said “oh, they are too expensive”.  I got some cookies at the market, but while they were tasty, they were not all that great.  So, I have had a longing for a good date cookie for some time now.

When I got serious about making the cookies, I realized I didn’t have any cookie making paraphernalia.   So I consulted a Cookie Expert, and who better than a yearly Blue Ribbon Winner at the San Juan County Fair… my daughter Ashley.  Both of my daughters are excellent bakers.   Krista is the Queen of Cakes and Ashley is the Cookie Monster.   So I was in good company when she advised me on what kind of cookie sheet to buy, and lent me her mixer along with a few tips.

I decided to start simple, and use the cookie recipe under the lid of the Quaker Oats box, that Ann had showed me… I figured that if she hadn’t screwed it up, I was safe to try it too.  I had to buy a lot things like flour, baking soda and sugars, and got some eggs from Krista’s chickens.  Ashley suggested pecans would be a nice compliment with the dates, so I added pecans to the recipe, along with the dates.

So, while watching the first NASCAR race of the season, I made Oatmeal Date Pecan Cookies… they were fantastic.  They were so good, I had to pause the race to go to the market to buy some vanilla ice cream.   The race was a good one, and one my  favorite drivers won… while I was eating some fantastic cookies.

15 responses

  1. Those are some fine looking cookies Ted!

  2. Another good blog! I read every one you post Ted. I am going through a bit of a storm in life right now. Actually a really big storm. 😦 That being said your blog is a short retreat for me, it takes me away from my usual thoughts and I thank you for that! 🙂 All my best, Jennifer

  3. Hi Ted, the cookies look good, I like everything, but I hate dates, So I would never put any in cookies. good story, thanks for sharing, take care my dear ♥

  4. Great story and yummy looking cookies….sounds like fun!!! Maybe you will enter your cookies in the fair…..😍

    1. I’ll leave that up to Ashley…

  5. OH…..i’d eat the dough!!!!! love dates

  6. Hey where’s my cookies Ted, without the dates of course

  7. Looks good! Just tried to make cookies and they turned out a bit more like muffin tops…still good though!

    Sincerely,

    -The Eye x

  8. Cooking is so liberating!
    But I hardly have so much time!
    And I have had some culinary disasters before too that discourage me…
    But your post has inspired me, I think I should try something too! 🙂

    1. You just need to make the time and have fun. Whatever you make will be good… even when a disaster. Oh, aren’t you engaged? Good Cookie Making would be a plus.

  9. They sound great . . . especially for a “first effort.”

    1. They were… I was shocked.

  10. Hey Ted, I felt like I was right there next to you enjoying your delicious cookies and watching the race! What a fun thing to do. I’ve never baked anything from scratch, I would love to make some cookies! Thank you for inspiring me. By the way, I can totally relate to going to get vanilla ice cream at the store. I always do that with apple pie!!

    1. Me neither. Try the Quaker Oats recipe inside the cap of the box, Bailey… you can’t screw it up. Then you can graduate to Lacey Oatmeal Cookies… twice the butter! Sinful.

      1. Perfect — I just bought the Quaker Oats last night! I can’t wait to graduate and try the Lacey Oatmeal cookies. I’m a firm believer that the more butter the better! I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints 😉

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