I have always wanted to be the kind of wife/mother/homemaker that always has treats available for kids who come to visit our house. Maybe it comes from my childhood when my parents always supplied the neighborhood kids with sugar cereal after school and my mom always had a full-stocked candy jar on the counter.
My dear husband agreed to bake some oatmeal cookies with me the other day (usually he helps by being in the kitchen with me and occasionally measuring out some ingredients... I love when he joins me). The cookies turned out great! I have posted a recipe below. I am not exactly sure if this was the recipe we used, but its close enough. It yields about 4-5 dozen depending on how big you make them.
But back to my title: the nice lady across the road that always has treats. We now live across the road from a family with several little boys. They have found out that whenever they make it all the way up our driveway they are rewarded with treats from me. Most recently it has been a vanilla bundt cake with caramel glaze, oatmeal cookies on two occasions, and we even gave them 3 slices of my homemade cheesecake to share between them :)
I love being the nice lady across the road that always has treats (and by the way, my dear friend Emily gave me a candy jar for a bridal shower present and you can be sure that it is stocked and on my counter for any kids who come to visit)!
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups quick oats, uncooked)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat brown sugar, shortening and granulated sugar until creamy. Add egg, water and vanilla; beat well. Add combined oats, flour, salt and baking soda; mix well.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.