Warm N’ Gooey Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Last week, my younger brother crashed our family’s unicycle into our water heater.

Yep, you read that correctly.

Our family has a unicycle (a present to my older brother many Christmases ago), which usually lives quietly in the basement and does no harm. But last week, my brother was riding the thing, it shot out from under him, and it crashed into the water heater with the biggest BANG you’ve ever heard. Naturally, it hit the heater juuust right, and knocked off a vital valve. And just like that, no more hot water for the Wavering family.

Fortunately, my father is a wise, crafty man (read: engineer) who jerry-rigged the water heater so that we only had to endure one bitter morning of freezing showers. The day that the whole polar vortex business began, he took off work to properly fix the water heater, but, in the saddest, coldest, cruelest twist of fate, he had to turn off the heat to make the necessary repairs. Earmuffs and parkas for all!

In true Laura Ingalls Wilder style, my mom and I decided to use the oven to heat the house while Pa fixed the water heater. (We might have been looking for an excuse to bake cookies. Post-Christmas cookie withdrawal has been rough, and some warm n’ gooey oatmeal cranberry cookies were in order.)Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies | emilywavering.com

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies | emilywavering.com

Perfectly crunchy on the outside, delightfully soft on the inside, plenty of butter to help me build a layer of cold-busting blubber. Everything I could ask for from a simple little cookie.

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies | emilywavering.com

I’m happy to report that our hot water water heater is in full working order once again :) And honestly, if you’ve never tried riding a unicycle before, I highly recommend it. But for the sake of all involved, please, please keep it away from your water heater.

Warm N’ Gooey Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 & 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups oatmeal
1 cup dried cranberries and/or raisins

Mix butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla together. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Mix until just blended. Add oats about 1 cup at a time and mix until blended. Fold in dried cranberries. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Just until edges start to turn golden.

[Recipe adapted from a plethora of oatmeal raisin cookie recipes found on Recipes.com.]

One response

  1. i’ll trade my water heater for a good story and a chance to feel like Laura Ingalls Wilder in a heartbeat. consider yourself a lucky lady :)

    January 13, 2014 at 7:07 pm

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