No I did not stutter in my title.
I am presenting you with a cookie made of old fashioned oats, that tastes like an Old Fashioned cocktail.
Ya feel me?
This whole thing came to be because I have a slight Mad Men obsession. Every time I get out our big canister of old fashioned oats, I think to myself, “Ha! I should make this bowl of oatmeal Old Fashioned just like Don Draper’s favorite drink.” Well, of course that would be ridiculous (…even though I am probably going to try it…), but then I got to thinking about what else old fashioned oats are good for.
Bam! A cookie idea was born.
I totally got in touch with my inner Betty Draper in order to make these too. Oh boy.
Well first off, I showed up at the liquor store right whenever it opened…at 11 AM…to buy bitters…with a barefoot Monkey on my hip.
Mmm hmm. I’ll just let that mental image sink in for a moment.
Classy huh? I felt like to really complete the picture I should have stood outside the store and smoked a cigarette while I let her play in the parking lot.
Well, as it turns out, the ABC Store doesn’t sell bitters. And apparently you can just buy it right at your grocery store. It is over next to the grenadine and margarita salt. So you can save yourself the embarrassment and just keep your barefoot babies where the belong ya’ll — at the grocery store.
So when I got home after picking up The Dude from preschool I immediately mixed myself up a little Old Fashioned cocktail. You know, just a little something something to take the edge off with my lunch.
Okay I am totally kidding. I mean, I did mix up the drink, but only so I could taste it because I had never had an Old Fashioned before. And I figured I should probably try the actual drink before I attempted a baked good that it was inspired by. Now before you go calling DHR on me, I will have you know I only had a few sips. Promise. But I will tell you, even having only a few sips of hard liquor in the middle of the day made me feel so Betty.
I have never felt more strongly connected to the Draper family.
Wow. The 60’s must have been a real special time to be a parent.
You know what else is real special? These cookies.
They are soft and chewy (aren’t the best cookies always soft and chewy?) with a nice little spicy punch from the orange zest and bitters which, as it turns out, is a really fun little flavoring (think along the lines of pumpkin pie spice). The bourbon is understated and lends a heady sweetness that is balanced out by the tart cherries.
Here’s the recipe.
Old Fashioned Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies
makes 1 dozen cookies
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons milled flax seed + 4 tablespoons water (or 1 egg)
1/2 teaspoon Angostura bitters
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
4 tablespoons bourbon
4 tablespoons dried cherries
Preheat oven to 350.
In a mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy. About 3-5 minutes.
Meanwhile in a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Add flax “egg” (I used the flax egg method in my testing because I wanted to taste the dough as I went along, but had every intention of making the cookies with a real egg. However, I liked the nuttiness the flax gave the cookies so much, I decided to keep it in my final recipe. You can add a real egg if you prefer, though.) and stir until combined.
Mix in bitters, vanilla, orange zest, and bourbon to the butter mixture.
Dump the dry ingredients into the wet, and stir until combined.
Give the cherries a rough chop and fold them into the cookie dough.
Mound the dough into 2 tablespoon sized balls onto a greased cookie sheet, and gently flatten out just a bit with your hand.
Bake for 20 minutes.