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Old Fashioned Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

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.

Saturday Selections: Bourbon and Coke Whoopie Pies

To me, there are few things in the world as synonymous with Alabama football as bourbon and Cokes.

Back when The Hubs and I were in college, it was just what you drank on game day. I’m not really sure why this is the drink. Maybe because it looks pretty innocent in a red cup while walking around the Quad. Or maybe because the mini bottles are fairly easy to sneak into the stadium and then mix with a Coke you buy on the inside. (For the record, I really never sneaked any in. I was too chicken.)

And just in case you wanted to know, it was considered appropriate Game Day Bourbon and Coke decorum to mix it up with the handle of your shaker and hurl the drink down towards the field when there was a bad play.

I know. Classy, right?

Even now, like some sorta crazy hippie flashback, the mere whiff of bourbon will have me spontaneously shout out, “Roll Tide!”

It was for this reason that I knew I had to make some sort of Saturday Selection inspired by my game day drink of choice in college.

Folks, if you enjoy this beverage, you will absolutely go ape for these cookies.

Oh my gracious.

Lovely, rich, tender, ultra-chocolatey little cakes sandwiched around a sweet buttercream with a hint of Coke.

Oh and did I mention that they are heavily flavored with bourbon?

When I was baking these up, I scooped a little batter onto my finger to get a quick taste, and got a little drunk.

In my pajamas.

At 8:00 in the morning.

While The Dude was eating a bagel.

OK so I’m just kidding about getting drunk part. But I do feel quite certain that had I eaten more than just a taste I would have been feeling it. (“Rollll Tiiiiide!”)

So yeah, I would advise you not to sample too much of the batter before you bake it lest you get wasted face before noon.

I mean, unless that’s your thing. I dunno, maybe it’s game day and you do what you want…whatever…it’s all good.

This is a pretty straight forward little recipe. So don’t worry, you are going to impress all of your friends without making a big fuss in the kitchen.

I made mini whoopie pies because they are pretty rich. I used a 2 tablespoon scoop for each half of the cake.

Then once they were baked and had cooled completely I piped in a generous helping of the Coke buttercream. I used the number 12 Wilton tip, which was the biggest one I had, but just use whatever will be the easiest for you. I promise I won’t tell anybody if you just use a butterknife.

Then you just plop another cake on top of that (The Dude”s technical term for this is “the lid”). You may certainly go ahead and start eating them now, but I really think that they are better once they have a had a little time to set up in the fridge.

Now go on and make these for your football viewing snack today.

This way you can have your cake and drink it too.

Bourbon and Coke Whoopie Pies

Makes 19

For the Coke buttercream:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons Coke

3 cups powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

Beat together butter, vanilla, and Coke until well combined.

Gently mix in powdered sugar and salt.

Pour into piping bag and let chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour(but may be made up to one week in advance).

For the cakes:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup bourbon

1/2 cup Coke

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350.

Cream sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.

In a separate bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add wet ingredients to the butter mixture.

Gently stir in the dry ingredients a little at a time until well incorporated.

Scoop out 2 tablespoons at a time onto a baking sheet about 1 inch apart.

Bake for 12 minutes.

Let cool completely before piping icing in between two cakes.

Store pies in the refrigerator.