When I told Teno I was going to post his recipe on my website he said, “You have a WEBSITE?” That’s right kid, The Electric Company, Word World and your mom all have websites. Pretty impressive if you’re a four year old. He didn’t think it was a fair excuse as to why daddy was reading tonight’s bedtime story, but he conned me into making cake pops today (aka destroying my kitchen) so I think I get to do whatever I feel like right now.

So yesterday after trudging through the 30″ of snow on the ground all the way downtown and back for a long day of Office Spacing I come home to a dimple-faced little urchin making demands of me as soon as I walk in the door. But these were the kind of demands only a food-blogging mom could love. “I want garlic on my pizza!” and “Let’s make a new recipe!”

After dinner, Garlic Breath said he wanted to make cookies. But not my beloved vegan cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, so easy and made out of almost nothing. Oh no, Teno wanted to make apple cookies. Lately Teno’s been taking the lead on the kitchen. As I pre-heat the oven and get out the mixing bowls he rattles off a list of ingredients that he thinks would make sense in his recipe. I get them out (unless they’re disgusting, and then I talk him out of them), help him with the proportions, and see what happens.

We ended up making pretty good, super soft oatmeal cookies if I do say so myself. I personally would have maybe thrown in some pretzels for salt and crunch, but it’s not always about me, is it?

Chef Teno

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour (you could use 1/2 ap and 1/2 whole wheat)
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 apple, cored and diced (but not peeled, any kind of apple you like)
  • 1 & 1/2 cups oats (I use old-fashioned rolled oats, not quick)

Then you:

Cream the butter and sugars in a medium bowl. Beat in the egg, then the vanilla. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Toss the apples in the flour mixture, then stir that into the butter mixture. Mix in the oats. Cover and chill in the fridge at least one hour.

Preheat your over to 375 and grease two cookie sheets. Drop walnut-sized balls of dough 2″ apart on the sheets and flatten slightly. Bake 8-10 minutes or until they brown at the edges. Cool on the pans for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.

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