Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Things are changing.  News is coming in, both good and bad.

Sometimes chocolate is the answer.  If only temporarily.  These cookies were the answer last night.

Last week I received my two weeks notice at work.  It’s a hard economic environment, and the arts are often the first to go.  My company had to cut back somehow to stay afloat, and so for financial reasons I found myself holding a single piece of paper that shifted all my plans for the next few months/year.

There are two ways I could react to being laid-off.  Sink into despair and hopelessness.  Or, choose to see it as an opportunity to reassess my goals and try something different.

I choose the latter.  Thanks in a big part to R.  He took the news pretty hard, but instantly began to figure out how we could make things work.  “We’ll make it work” seems to have become our motto over the last few days.

So a door may have been unexpectedly shut on me, but I know I’ll find my open window.

In the mean time I will keep posting here.  R and I still have to eat, and one way we’re cutting back is by eating out less.  So you’ll be seeing more posts about our adventures in cooking.  And by ours I mostly mean R’s cooking and my assisting and baking.  I’m looking for sponsorship opportunities and planning a self-published e-cookbook.  So, while things may be changing it actually means I can set aside more time and effort for baking and writing.

Good news is that my toes are healing and I don’t need surgery!  Still wearing a protective boot to make sure they finish healing properly.

Now, on to those cookies.

While instability is a part of a career in the arts, these cookies are stable and comforting.

Everyone has a different idea of what the perfect oatmeal cookie should be.  My idea is soft, chewy, and chocolatey.  These cookies are exactly that.

Dark cocoa and molasses give these cookies a rich, velvety taste that’s accented by the salt sprinkled on top.  Did you know salt is a flavor enhancer?  Bite in and these are chewy, rich, and filling.  One will satisfy your chocolate craving, I won’t judge if you have four like I did last night.

So don’t let that closed door bother you.  Find your window and take these cookies with you in case you need a pick-me-up on your way.

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
make 12 medium cookies

1 cup flour
3 Tbsp unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp molasses
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup rolled oats
sea salt (for sprinkling)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugars and molasses.  Beat in the egg and vanilla.  Gradually stir in the dry ingredients.  Mix in the oats until evenly distributed.

Drop a tablespoon size cookie onto the prepared baking sheet, allow 2 inches between cookies.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Immediately after removing from the oven, sprinkle with sea salt.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan.  Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Enjoy!

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  1. Sorry to hear about your job. Chocolate cookies definitely help out in bad times. These little babies look delicious!

  2. Oh, I’m SO sorry to hear about your job. I hope that it will give you the time to explore other opportunities that are even more fulfilling. The cookies are delish! HUGS…

  3. Wait… we opened a window, right? Are you bringing us cookies tomorrow?? XD

    • hiddenoffstage

       /  January 13, 2012

      … I may have eaten most of the batch. But you did open a window!


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