My mom loves coffee, and I don’t mean frilly frappes with sugary syrups. I mean a dark mug of steaming joe. No cream. No sugar. Just hot black coffee.
Occasionally, when I was in elementary, we would visit a local coffee shop in the morning before school. Mom would order the mandatory java; I would savor a homemade oatmeal cream pie.
Although a soft, sweet oatmeal cookie isn’t the most balanced breakfast, my grades never suffered from the sugar overload. Now that I am older and (supposedly) smarter, I desire to eat (slightly) more nutritious morning meals.
So, to start off the National Oatmeal Month celebrations, we are making Oatmeal Cream Pie Pancakes (using Blind Spot Nutbutter of course). Stay tuned all month for more amazing oatmeal recipes!
Oatmeal Cream Pie Pancakes
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup milk of choice
2 tbs. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie blended nut butter
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
rounded 1/4 tsp baking powder
dash of cinnamon
pinch of salt
vanilla yogurt for topping
Grind all ingredients (besides the yogurt) in a food processor until it is the consistency of pancake batter (or paint).
Heat a griddle or frying pan over high heat. Lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Drop spoonfuls onto heated pan. Once bubbles begin to form on the top, flip the pancakes.
Cook for an additional 1-3 minutes.
Stack pancakes on a plate, layering with vanilla yogurt (pancake, yogurt, pancake, yogurt, pancake, etc.)
Top with raisins, banana slices, syrup, chocolate chips, sprinkles, or whatever pancake toppings you like.
Two days after she made the special Starbucks cookie delivery, she had a meeting near my school and offered to take me to lunch. After uncertain discussion, a u-turn, and changing our minds one last time, we ended up at Jersey Mike’s.
Like every good sub shop, Jersey Mike’s serves oatmeal raisin cookies, so I had to taste them.
Appearance: 2.5 – They were a slightly oblong. Also, you could hardly tell if it was a raisin cookie or a chocolate chip cookie.
Texture: 2 – Way to go, Jersey Mike’s! You perfected the cookie with a slightly crisp outside and chewy inside. Success!
Taste: 4 – They nailed this as well. I would have liked a little more oatmeal, but it tasted real, hearty, and pure!
My third cookie sampling was under two golden arches.
I have had McDonald’s oatmeal cookies in years past, and I have always liked them, but I had never analyzed them. These cookie critiques call for a full analysis of every detail.
Sadly, something was not quite right with these cookies. First of all, they weren’t flat. They had been placed on a tray while they were still hot, so they had cooled into a V shape. The color was pretty good, but they were VERY crunchy. They didn’t even pretend to be soft and chewy. The flavor was great, but not quite consistent.
Maybe I should give McDonald’s another try since I have had success with them in the past, but this batch is only going to receive 5 points.
On January 1, I announced my resolution to find the country’s best fast food oatmeal cookie.
My second cookie review was at Panera Bread. I love Panera’s soba bowl, and I was eager to try their cookies as well. However, I was not impressed. First of all, the cookie did not look appealing. It wasn’t burnt or misshapen, but it just didn’t entice me.
The center of the cookie was fat and chewy-almost too chewy. The cookie got stuck in my teeth. The edges were thin and crunchy-way too crunchy. The flavor, however, was pretty good. It was consistent and not too sweet.
Overall, I give Panera’s oatmeal raisin cookie 7 points.
Every January, thousands of people set goals that they want to achieve over the following 365 days. Usually, people aim to manage their finances, lose weight, sleep more, or organize. However, I am going on a search. A search, that is, for the world’s best fast-food oatmeal cookie.
This year, I resolve to taste test as many different fast-food oatmeal cookies as possible and judge them to determine which one is the best.
What makes a cookie great? The first criteria is appearance. It should look appealing–a uniform, round cookie that is not too dark. Also, the texture should be soft, chewy, and maybe even a little gooey; hard cookies will not make the cut! Lastly, and most importantly, it should taste good! I like a cookie to taste real and hearty–not overly sweet, but not like a bag of raw oats. All the ingredients should blend well, and the taste should be consistent (no hard bites of baking soda!)
I will be giving each cookie a score of 1-10 based on the following chart:
Bonus points may be awarded for creativity!
My fist taste test was at a local Subway deli.
The cookie was gorgeous – perfectly round and golden. It was properly chewy and had a consistent flavor, but it may have been a tad too sweet.
This cookie set the bar high. I am giving it 9 points! The competitors are going to have to bring some good cookies to measure up to Subway!