Hood Mama's Cookies

From time to time, instead of using my semi-ancient, smudged, stained and tattered hard copy recipes, I like to try my hand at a more technologically advanced recipe...something that has earned a five-star rating by the cooks that be, so that I'll know ahead of time whether or not my family will "ooh and ahh" or say something like "barf, puke, ralph, blech or ahuyech."  Ok, ok, they're not that rude.  In addition, these wonderful, Type-A personality-friendly sites allow for those who attempt such recipes to add their two cents about whether they added more butter or less sugar or just plain butchered the recipe all-together.  

So, when I was looking for a yummy cookie recipe this weekend, I skated right past places like www.recipezaar.com and www.allrecipes.com and went straight to the tried and true, the one site that only has recipes that are acceptable to the most discerning of taste buds... Yes, that's right... my friend Melissa's blog:   ...a long way from the Theta house.  Here I found no ratings and no two cents because they're just simply not needed.  HOWEVER, as I started following the recipe (on my iPhone - in 2 pt. typeface - in between screensaver openings/closings and website malfunctions), I realized a few things were missing on the list.  So, I've amended it as follows for the moms in the kitchen (like Melissa).  I just can't believe she left these items out!  

Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip Cookies

[her notes are in bold and parentheses. mine are in brackets underneath.]

1 Cup Butter (please use butter and not the fake stuff. I beg you.)
[1 toddler under your feet where you are trying to push the buttons on the microwave to soften the butter]
1 Cup Sugar
[1 dog who needs to go outside]
2/3 Cup packed brown sugar
[are you sure it's not 1/3 because I read 1/3 and I used 1/3 but it wasn't until after my cookies crumbled that I read 2/3....really?]
1 Cup peanut butter
[1 little boy who needs you to tie his Batman cape]
1 t. vanilla extract
[1 middle child who always gets "it" from the others and needs a boo boo bear]
2 eggs
[2 minutes away from the kitchen to find out what all the yelling is about]
2 cups all-purpose flour
[2 flipflops from your bedroom to keep you from sticking to some unknown substance on your kitchen floor]
2 t. baking soda
[did I buy baking soda?  would baking powder work? they both say "baking." oh, yes, whew I did buy baking soda]
1/2 t. salt
[1/2 mind to put all of your kids in time out]
1 cup rolled oats (not the quick oats but the regular oats)
[1 now muddy dog who needs to come BACK inside]
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
[2 minutes on the phone with the troopers association because they tricked you with a new number on your caller ID]

[FINALLY...appx. 1 hr. later] Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, and both sugars until smooth [set the mixer to slower speed and make mental note to clean pieces of sugary butter off of walls after dinner]. Mix in the peanut butter, vanilla, [answer the doorbell for a young child who is selling a very thick coupon book for a large sum of money to places you never go and tell him "no"as politely as possible] and eggs until well blended. Combine the flour [wipe your toddler's nose and wash your hands thoroughly], baking soda, and salt; stir into the batter until just moistened. Mix in the oats [tell your toddler for the 52nd time that he/she cannot have a cookie until AFTER dinner] and chocolate chips until evenly distributed. Drop by tablespoonfuls [stop to help child get his/her Batman cape off] onto cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 - 12 minutes until the edges start to brown [or until you smell the cookies burning because you forgot to set the timer]. Cool on cookie sheets [grab some iced water for your tongue because you couldn't resist the urge to try one right away] for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.  [Put the rest of the batter in the fridge until after the kids are in bed so that you can actually remember to set the timer.  Enjoy a not-so-burnt one in peace and quiet.]

Bon Apetit!


  1. love it!

    i can't believe we missed the party tonight!....was looking forward to seeing you and your gang!



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