July 8th, 2007
One of my closest friends is about a week from her due date. With this unbelievable heat, it is needless to say that she is ready to have that kid asap. I was starting to brainstorm about old wives tales that claim to induce labor, when I remembered this recipe, (which is also delicious for non-preggers!). There was a story going around about two girls that I went to high school with. They were very good friends, and happened to be about 4 weeks apart in their due dates. The mother-in-law of one girl made these cookies for her daughter-in-law, who after eating them, promptly went into labor. Her pregnant girlfriend went to the hospital to see her, and also ate some of the cookies (which were at the hospital). The story goes that the second girl went into labor, (4 weeks early) after eating these cookies. I was passed this recipe by another friend from high school, and have not tampered with it at all.
This could have all been a ridiculous coincidence, but you never know! I am going to whip up a batch for my girlfriend. For those of you who are not pregnant- they are delicious anyways! They are a dense, thick, chewy cookie packed with oats and chips. (They also freeze well).
-1 cup soft butter
-¾ cup brown sugar
-¾ cup white sugar
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-2 large eggs
-2 ½ cups of AP flour
-2 ½ cups of oats
-½ tsp salt
-3 tsp (fresh) baking soda (I think this is the magic ingredient!)
-1 12oz package of chocolate chips
-1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1) Preheat the oven to 375.
2) Combine the flour, oats, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
3) Beat the butter, vanilla and sugars until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating them into the butter mixture.
4) Slowly add the flour and oat mixture until well combined. Stir in morsels and nuts if you are adding them.
5) Drop the dough by rounded spoonful onto ungreased sheet pans, (or pans lined with a silpat). Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until pale golden brown. Cool the cookies for about 1 minute before transferring them to cooling racks or counter top.