I'm no Julia Child. I admit that. But I still like to get down and dirty in the kitchen every now and again.
Although cooking doesn't come as naturally as, say, flinging around a paintbrush for me, I've really come to enjoy whipping up a little something tasty.
But that's cooking.
Baking is an ugly sport.
I think it's the whole patience thing with baking that doesn't quite agree with me. That, and the taking direction part. (Those of you who know me, may stop nodding that vehemently, by the way.) First, it's all, heat up the oven. Wait. Add the flour s-l-o-w-l-y. Wait. Then there's the half a cup and the quarter cup and the eighth of a teaspoon. And the sifting and the scooping and the whipping and the combining. (And, by the way, is combining really THAT DIFFERENT from mixing? Is it?!) It's all very overwhelming. Oh, yeah, and don't forget about the cooling. Ohmygawd, the cooling. HAVE YOU EVER WAITED FOR A COOKIE TO COOL IN YOUR LIFE?
So. It was with hesitance and caution that I tried Jeremy & Kathleen's Oatmeal Lace Cookies that I came across not too long ago. Oh yes, I most certainly did. I baked those bad boys like Rocky taking the Russian. True, it's an easy recipe. But, trust me, I can make a hockey puck out of the most fool proof mixture of ingredients. What possessed me to take such a leap of faith when we have out of town guests visiting, I'll never know. Blame it on the extra large latte that Starbuck's served me up this morning or the unbelievably sumptuous looking photos on Jeremy & Kathleen's blog, but I decided that a few holes in my walls and a slight oven phobia were not going to get in my way of oatmeal bliss today.
And here was my prize for such bravery.
While my photo isn't nearly as pretty as their pictures, those crispy little cookie charms were gone in about three and a half seconds. No exaggeration. They were that good.
Besides forgoing the parchment paper and lightening up on the sugar, I followed their recipe exact-elact-aly.
All right, maybe, I didn't actually wait for the oven to pre-heat, but still. It's an improvement, right?