I'm Kathy Lloyd. I grew up on a farm near Elmore, MN and have lived in Fairmont for over 44 years. I have always loved to cook, even when I was very young. I loved to stay with my Aunt Dorothy during my childhood. She was a great cook and used to give me freedom in the kitchen, teaching me along the way. She made recipes from our Norwegian heritage, along with pies, homemade doughnuts, yeast bread and cinnamon rolls.
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Actually maybe I like eating cookies even more than baking them! My turn has come around to furnish cookies for the 2 p.m. coffee cart at Lakeview Health Care Center. I usually make two different kinds so they have a choice.
We are always in need of cookies for the residents. If any of you like to bake but don’t want the cookies around to tempt you, I have a deal for you! There are some churches and individuals in our area who volunteer to furnish cookies, bars or even quick breads (like banana) for the residents. We do have days where no one is signed up, and on those days Lakeview steps up to the plate. 7 dozen treats are needed.
I’m in charge of the cookie cart, so if any of you would like to bake treats call me at 235-6404 and I can tell you the days that are available. The Lakeview residents would so appreciate it!
Here is the recipe I mixed up today. They have oatmeal as an ingredient, so fiber must be healthy, don’t you think?
Chocolate Lover’s Oatmeal Delights
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter flavored chips
Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. In a very large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat til combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, water and vanilla til combined. Beat in the flour mixture. Using a wooden spoon, mix in the oatmeal and then the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet (I line with parchment paper). Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or til the edges are set. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Makes about 48 cookies.
Summer seems to have arrived.
Have a great week!