It’s been almost a month since my son moved back up to the university and I gotta tell you that I really miss him. I hear about other parents enjoying the fact that they are finally empty nesters but not me. I don’t like it one bit. The house is eerily quiet and my husband and I have to get used to cooking for two. Fortunately, we stay in touch via cell phones, email, Facebook and Skype.
However, the one thing that helps me deal with this situation is the opportunity to send care packages up to my son. It helps me feel like I am still a mom by baking and mailing him some of his favorite cookies. My Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies are deliciously chewy and are perfect for packing in a box to send up to a busy college student while at school. Make these cookies for your college student and they just might miss you too! Enjoy! Tessa
(adapted from Everyday Food)
- 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
- 6 Tbls. butter
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 c. white sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized bowl mix together the oatmeal, flour, baking soda, salt, dried cranberries and the optional white chocolate chips. Set aside. In another mixing bowl beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix well.
Add your dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and continue to mix until well incorporated. Drop by spoonfuls onto a silpat or silicone lined cookie sheet (I like to use a cookie scoop for more precise portions). Bake for 12-16 minutes until a light golden brown. Place cookies on wire racks to cool. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.