Next to Christmas and my birthday, today might be the best day of the year. Why? Because today is National Oatmeal Cookie Day.
In honor of this wonderful holiday, I am going to share with you my recipe for Coconut Oatmeal Cookies. In my opinion, these cookies are simply irresistible.
I must confess, though, that I have substituted one very important secret ingredient. This ingredient truly makes the difference in the coconut oatmeal cookie recipe. The recipe you see below is how I made the cookies one time when I was out of my secret ingredient. They were still delicious and quickly devoured, but they were not quite the same.
You can guess the secret ingredient all you want, but I will neither confirm nor deny any guesses 🙂
Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
2 sticks of butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
Beat butter and sugars to form a cream
Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a flour sifter. Sift into the egg, butter, and sugar.
Beat with a hand mixer until all ingredients are completely combined.
Stir in oatmeal. To make mixing easier, I like to add one cup at a time.
Form teaspoon-sized balls and place on an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool 1 minute on the pan before transferring to parchment paper.
Let cool, eat, and enjoy!
**Note: Pictures were taken of a half-batch of cookies.
It’s not that our cafeteria makes bad food necessarily. They make delicious turkey burgers, tasty Mexican chicken, and a potato medley that is beyond everything else. It’s just that cafeteria food from anywhere gets monotonous.
Around our lunch table, I have become semi-famous for my ability to transform cafeteria food. One day, someone even said to me, “I didn’t see any pizza on the hot line.” I smiled as I explained that my “pizza” was a slice of sandwich bread topped with the marinara dipping sauce for mozzarella sticks, cheese from the deli bar, and vegetables from the salad bar. It just takes a little creativity.
One food that my school serves multiple times a week is rice. The simple fix to keep my taste buds entertained is to make rice pudding by adding a little milk and zapping the mixture in the microwave.
There are some recipes that simply cannot be outdone, and you simply should not mess with perfection. Nobody will ever beat the 1-1-1 macaroni recipe that has been handed through our family (1 lb. elbow noodles, 1lb. cheese, 1 quart milk). I have never had strawberry cake that tastes quite as good as the moist dessert my mom bakes. Above all, nothing compares to my homemade oatmeal cookies (and, sorry, but I am not revealing my secret ingredient).
In high school, this basic banana smoothie became my favorite post-soccer-practice snack. It met all the necessary requirements:
It is easy to make
It fit the coach-prescribed “soccer diet”
It tied me over until I could eat Mom’s amazing supper
I have tried a variety of alterations over the years, but the base stays the same: one banana, one cup of milk. Add whatever you want, but don’t mess with perfection.
Basic Banana Smoothie
1 banana (preferably frozen)
1 cup milk
1 cup ice (if banana is not frozen)
Additional options (you can add as many as you choose!):
honey, agave, or maple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
School is officially back in session, and I am nervously facing the new semester with the daunting privilege of being an RA. I hope to use the position to grow closer to the Lord and point others to Him. I am definitely anxious to see what God has planned for the semester, and I know that it will be a growing experience for me. I am going to be super busy working at the daycare, attending classes, and being and RA–God is going to stretch me for sure!
Welcome back to the dorms, back to microwaving meals, back to school outfits, and back to college. Good luck this semester!
Microwave “Baked” Apples
1 whole apple, cored and chopped
cinnamon to taste
Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl
Microwave 2 minutes
Eat and enjoy!
What are you looking forward to most this semester? What changes seem most daunting?