Hello to you all! Want to have a cookie? A nice almond flavored oatmeal cookies perhaps? There you go, have another one, I’ve made plenty. The other day I was craving something sweet, but in true January resolutions fashion I did not have anything sinful in my cupboards. But the the craving was pretty bad and for months now this particular memory of some childhood cookies had been bouncing around in my head. So I decided that this was gonna be the day. I was going to recreate the almond flavored oatmeal cookies I remembered.
You see, my mom was a baker. She was a queen in baking pies, and cakes, and waffles, and puffs and all that sort of things. But I only have one particular memory of her ever baking cookies. She baked those in preparation of a summer holiday. We used to go camping with a caravan, usually to the south of Europe. France was on the agenda for that particular year. I think it was the summer right before I went to high school so I wasn’t quite twelve when we left. My mom always stocked that caravan with food when we left on vacation. She would faithfully cook us a homemade diner every night even when on vacation. The highlight of vacation dining usually was that one night when she would hand me one of the pots and say ‘go get French fries at the stall’ because there was always one night of the week that the local French fries chef would set up a mobile van to sell fresh fries to the tourists on the camping place. Normally you would ask for a certain number of portions, but when on vacation everyone stood there with a pot or a pan and say, ‘fill her up please’. In your best French of course.
Anyway that particular vacation she had baked cookies. Truly a rare, one-time event. It was so special I could remember the taste of these cookies to this day. They were oatmeal cookies with a distinct almond flavor. And they kept really well because I remember enjoying one of them each day for most of that vacation.
Sadly my mom’s old cookbook from her finishing school days has somehow gotten lost in the move out of my former home. So I couldn’t search for the true recipe. I went for the next best alternative. Looked up various oatmeal cookie recipes, checked my stock of supplies and came up with a version that felt as if it could be the one my mom used.
It did! The taste of these cookies was just as I remembered. They got the seal of approval of my taste tester too, so here I am to share them with you.
100 grams (half a cup) of soft butter
200 grams of sugar (1 cup)
300 grams of flour (3 cups)
200 grams (2.5 cups) of oatmeal
2 tsp of baking powder
1 tbs of almond extract
- Mix butter and sugar
- Add eggs and almond extract
- Add flour, oatmeal and baking powder
- Mix to a consistent, sticky dough
- Roll small balls and place on cookie sheet (no need to press them down)
- Bake for about 15 min at 190C (374F) or until the edges start to brown.
Disclaimer. I am a Euro baker so we use grams and measure everything precisely, especially when baking. I did my best to find the proper conversions to cups for the ingredients but use your own judgment or better yet a scale. Everyone’s oven is different so again use your own experience and watch these babies carefully they are ready faster than you think.
I’d love to hear if you try these cookies. It was fun to go down memory lane like this.
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