I’ve been thinking a lot about titles and labels recently – wife, mother, dietitian, friend, etc. I have these rabbit-hole type thoughts when I’m nursing so they seem to happen a lot (admittedly less than say 6 months ago). I felt similarly after getting married – how a singular thing can change your identity to the outside world and how you see yourself in an instant. The expectations placed on a new mom by herself and society can be overwhelming. For months my friends have nudged me to listen to a podcast called ‘The Longest Shortest Time’. And aside from Serial podcasts just aren’t my thing. Until this morning when I was at the gym (first time since Charlie was in my belly) at 4am and decided to put it on. And I cried listening to the first three episodes. Yep. Cried in the gym at 4am. Cried because it was funny and true and I had this immediate feeling of being seen and heard as a mom and a woman trying to figure out which was is up now that she’s a mom.
Even recipes get in on the title game – ‘ultimate’, ‘intense’, ‘best’, etc. My latest cookie test is no exception. I came across the infamous Neiman Marcus $250 cookie recipe in a (now not so) recent NY Times email. That’s quite the moniker, and it didn’t disappoint. If you are, have been or know a nursing mom you may have heard the advice to make oatmeal cookies to increase milk production. While the connection between oatmeal cookies and mother’s milk is less than causal I felt like this was the perfect time to test this recipe.
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2½ cups oatmeal (I used 1¼ cup rolled oats, 1¼ cup oat flour)
- 2 cups flour (I used ⅔ cup each - all-purpose, whole wheat and bread)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 12 ounces chocolate chips
- 4 ounces milk chocolate
- 1½ cups chopped nuts
- Heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cream together butter and both sugars. Stir in eggs and vanilla.
- Grind oatmeal fine in a blender and add, with flour, salt, baking powder and soda. Grate Hershey bar in a blender or processor and add, with chocolate chips and nuts.
- Drop by spoonfuls, 2 inches apart, on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.
**there are no photos of these cookies because we ate them all before I could even think of it…. yes I will make them again and get a photo but for now, I’m at least sharing the recipe.