Step 1: Mix this basic cookie recipe. Step 2: Add ‘heart’ any way you like.
That’s the principle used by our volunteer baker, Joan, when she pulls a recipe titled ‘Dad’s Cookies’ from her file.
Last week, she was in the Ronald McDonald House in Calgary to prepare a few plates of cookies for the families here. She had decided it was the kind of day where dried cranberries would turn this basic recipe into an extra special treat.
If you’re sending kids back to school next week, chances are you’re planning a special ‘welcome home’ for the family after the first day back in class. If you’re thinking about putting out a plate of cookies, it’s for the same reason why we do it for the families here who spend long days in the hospital.
A cookie is a great way to say ‘Welcome Home.’ And Joan’s recipe means you get to change up the special ingredient, making a new kind of welcome over and over again!
Basic Cookie Recipe (a.k.a. ‘Dad’s Cookies’)
1 cup butter/magarine
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all together in order given. Add a special ingredient of your choice (Joan also recommends coconut!)
Drop by teaspoonful on cookie sheet and flatten with glass dipped first in water, then in sugar.
Bake for 8 – 10 minutes