There’s something so comforting about a homemade cookie. And quite frankly, we were all in need of some comfort this week. Classes start Wednesday, and we’re all upset about it for various reasons. I’m dreading the additional 30 minutes it’s going to take me to get to work. (We live in a college town, and when school is in session, traffic is a HOT MESS.) Robin isn’t looking forward to homework. And perhaps hardest of all…our baby brother left for college yesterday. For obvious reasons, the last part has been hardest for my mom.

The weekend brought a whirlwind of packing, which in turn spurred a lot of spontaneous crying. I immediately stepped in to help comfort in the best way I know how: baking. Cookies were an obvious choice because we would be able to send some with Sean when he left. And these oatmeal cookies are pretty perfect for a college care package – oatmeal is so familiar, and these cookies taste like a little piece of home.

Gather Up:
¾ cup of butter, at room temperature
¾ cup of brown sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups oats
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together the butter, sugar and egg. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Place heaping tablepoons of dough on a greased or parchment-paper lined cookie sheet.

Gently squish the dough down – you don’t want to flatten it, but this is a dough that does not spread. They will bake in the shape that goes in the oven! Bake for 12-15 minutes. (Be careful not to overbake them!)