Sunday, February 12, 2012

Oatmeal Scotchies

For some inexplicable reason, I feel like when I make a favorite treat for someone that I care about that somehow amidst the butter and sugar, they can tell how much I love them.  That the labor of sifting and stirring and scooping will somehow translate to them how amazing I think they are or how I can't live without them.  That in carefully watching the treat to ensure it doesn't burn, I am thinking of them.  I want silly things like butterscotch and oatmeal to heal past transgressions and remind them that I would do anything for them.  I don't know why I find it so hard to simply tell them I love them.  To shout that I think the world of them.  To say I'm sorry when I have done wrong.  I don't know why I expect a simple homemade cookie or cake or pie to do the talking for me, but I do.  Whenever I feel like someone needs cheerfulness, I feel compelled to bake something sweet, something I know they love, to tell them how much I care.

I always thought oatmeal scotchies were like chocolate chip cookies with oatmeal added, but my sister corrected the error of my ways, telling me they are oatmeal cookies with butterscotch chips added.  They really do taste better her way.
Oatmeal Scotchies
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cloves
3 cups quick cooking oatmeal, uncooked
1 package butterscotch chips

Cream together butter, shortening, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.  Add in the egg.  Mix in water, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda, and cloves.  Mix in flour.  Fold in oatmeal and butterscotch chips.  Drop by the teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes.

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