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Oatmeal Cookies

by Lauren | Celiac Teen on November 6, 2011

Falling back is one of those little gifts. We get one extra hour. I suppose it was loaned to us from the spring, but I’m taking it. I woke up before the sun today. My body said it was later than normal, but it was still earlier than I expected to wake. I didn’t grab my phone the moment I got up. Instead, I went to the spot I left my book. I’m in a book phase. I’m in a driving phase. I’m in a dreaming phase. None of these are really phases- but when I’ve fallen really ill or allowed busyness to fill up every moment, I become short-sighted. I forget about the stacks of books I want to read. I don’t write, bake, and only take the odd photo. I lose that part of myself that I need to live, not just survive. The part that makes me so quirkily me.

I finished that book, and have been keeping one in my bag, with me, wherever I go. Marveling at characters, at stories, at possibilities. I’m about to pick up a book my friend A’s mom handed me, after I handed her these cookies. These incredibly simple, marvelous cookies. The cookies based off of A’s grandmother’s recipe- a recipe I found nestled in one of my family cookbooks, handwritten by A’s mom, years and years ago. Searching for a good, old, family-tested oatmeal cookie recipe, I knew I had to adapt it. Nothing major, just to make it gluten-free.

They’re good cookies. Time-tested. After making them, I came across another recipe for oatmeal cookies- almost identical to A’s grandma’s, using all the same principles. These are cookies you could double, and make a date spread to sandwich between two of them, as A’s grandma’s recipe suggested. This time, all I was searching for was a marvelous, simple oatmeal cookie recipe. An oatmeal cookie recipe to celebrate and savour gorgeous gluten-free rolled oats. That’s exactly what it was: a celebration of oats and of oatmeal cookies. The best way I know (along with a few bowls of my favourite soup and a good book) to welcome winter.



Oh, I love this dough. Especially since you can eat it, licking the bowl and all, without feeling the least bit guilty. Or at least not guilty about eating any raw eggs!

I love the “walnut-sized” description. It’s exactly the size you want. A little bigger than a tablespoon, but not too much more. A walnut-sized ball.

Then, simply squish the cookie dough balls down to make your cookies.

They don’t spread much as they bake. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t fun to watch while baking. Especially as the scent of oatmeal cookies starts to spread through the house, it’s hard not to be drawn to the kitchen.

Et voila. Oatmeal cookies. Perfect alongside a cup of tea and a good book.

What are you reading these days? I’m always looking for good books, especially recommended reads!


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kamran siddiqi November 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Not only do these look good, these look heavenly, my friend. It’s these kinds of recipes that always bring smiles to anyone! :) Do you know anyone who doesn’t smile when they have a cookie as delicious as these in their hand?

Jonathan November 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I love recipes that have been handed down, surviving the generations and continuing traditions. Time tested in the truest sense. I’ve been looking for a good oatmeal cookie recipe (perhaps like you’re looking for book suggestions) and I am so looking forward to making these on my next day off.

And quid pro quo, one of my favorite book that I read again and again is The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz. If you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend it. :)

Jessica November 7, 2011 at 2:28 am

I have been reading so much lately! I think it has to do with all the cold…snuggling up with a book is just so comforting. But…I am sure it would be even better if I had one of these cookies to go with my book! 😉

I hope you are doing well and enjoying your year off Lauren!

Nisrine November 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I will have to give these a go, Lauren. They look delicious.

Winnie November 10, 2011 at 6:20 am

These look simple and yummy. Just perfect with tea, as you say. I am reading a wonderful book called An Everlasting Meal. It’s sort of a cookbook, but not really. It’s really more like a love letter to cooking. You’d love it, I think.

Monique November 18, 2011 at 9:32 am

Picture perfect!
Cookies are the perfect treat for any season!
And its comforting to know that when i stir in my sleep at 4am, grab my phone to check my emails, that im not alone in the phone addiction. :-)

Sparrow Grace November 20, 2011 at 11:12 am

Being a fellow gluten free teen, I always appreciate and enjoy your posts. These cookies look quite yummy, and your stories always make everything seem even better. The books I’ve been reading lately have been Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees (again) and a book I stumbled upon called Kabul Beauty School, by Deborah Rodriguez. I too love curling up with a cookie and book and a cup of warm tea, especially in this stark, chilly month of November.

kyleen November 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

These cookies look delicious! I love the way the cookies baked up with the fork indentations. I go through phases too. Over the past couple months, I’ve been in a driving phase where I drive to the supermarket with my mom literally every Saturday morning to buy groceries. Right now, I’m into French cookbooks written in French!

Shaheen [The Purple Foodie] November 30, 2011 at 9:10 am

I love oatmeal cookies. I just make a batch with rosemary.

Jackie Clark December 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I have a question for you regarding your blog. Please contact me when you get a chance.



van@recipe for spiced cider December 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm

I didn’t know that an ordinary oatmeal could turn into something special like this. My kids will surely love this.

How long does it take to prepare these Oatmeal Cookies?

Julie December 11, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Mmmmm… I do love me a good oatmeal cookie. And a good book!

Rochelle December 13, 2011 at 7:27 am

It’s snowing at my home today. This cookie recipe will be perfect for me and my little girls to make. Thanks!

Lauren | Celiac Teen December 15, 2011 at 6:43 am

Jackie, my email is located on my about page. You’re welcome to send me an email if you have any questions.

Van, they don’t take much time at all. Less than an hour.

Lakhwinder February 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Can these treats be stored in the fridge for a week or two or do you have to freez them?

teresa April 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I just made these and tried one- they are delicious!! I added some heath bar chips and mini chocolate chips to it for a special treat for my 12 year old daughter who also has celiac… I’ll be sure to show her your website – she’s only been gluten free since January 2012 – so we’re still in the process of finding good recipes and modifying our favorites! Thanks!! Best oatmeal cookies I’ve made gluten-free thus far!!

Sarah Bakes Gluten Free Treats September 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm

yes, please. these looks sooo good! i love any dessert with oatmeal…adds such great texture. thanks for sharing!

Aqiyl Aniys March 19, 2014 at 7:51 pm

These are delicious looking oatmeal cookies.

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