I will be introducing the cookie of the week in our house - namely the cookie that we bake on Sunday so that the boys can have snack for school and the girls can have their cookie ready to go for when they wake up from their nap. Don't judge me. Cookies are a useful part of the arsenal of bribery tools that a prepared mommy lugs around town. And, most of the time, I like to this I am a prepared mommy.
This week's cookie is an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. I don't really love oatmeal raisin cookies. I can take 'em or leave 'em. But Josh loves them. And he loved these. The kids did not. They hated them. This does not mean that they are not tasty, this just means that for whatever reason they did not meld with my childrens' taste buds.
I actually tasted one after the kids gave them back to me and they were pretty good. I will concede that they are not chocolate chip cookies so to me, they can't be great, but they were good. But many many people love oatmeal cookies and if you are like Josh and really love them, well, more power to you!
So instead of eating the cookie of the week, the kids are eating animal crackers. And they are okay with that. Except that we call them animal cookies because a cookie is a treat. A cracker is not. Except that my eldest is on to me - his teacher calls them animal crackers and she must be right because - and this started just recently - anything anybody who does not live in our house says is right and anything mommy says is wrong. Always. I think I will have to bring this up at the parent-teacher conferences next month.
Anyway, these cookies were very easy to make, and surprise - they are made from a cake mix. The original recipe is from the Duncan Hines website, but it called for a spice cake mix and Josh would rather never eat an oatmeal cookie again than eat anything made with a spice cake mix, so yellow cake mix it was!
Just mix all everything and use a tablespoon to drop the batter onto the greased cookie sheet. I used three cookie sheets and came away with almost three dozen cookies. They freeze very well, and if you pop a few frozen ones into a sandwich bag in the morning, they are defrosted by snack time, which in my kids' school is probably around 9:30am, or something like that.
Here's the how to:
1 box of Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix
4 egg whites
1/2 cup oil
1 cup oatmeal - the quick cooking kind
Preheat to 350. Mix all. Drop by tbsp onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-9 minutes. Allow to cool on a baking rack. Store in a freezer bag or airtight container. It seems slightly unfortunate that the inaugural Cookie Tuesday recipe was not a hit with the kids. But that's okay. You can't please everyone all the time. Better luck next Tuesday kiddies!