Today’s Date: December 21st.
What I thought the date was: November (basically).
There’s some kind of sorcery going on here because the fact that Christmas is in 4 days completely blows my mind. I swear last week was Thanksgiving, 2 days ago was Roberto’s birthday, tomorrow can’t be Thursday…
I can keep going!
Between lots and lots of work, some afternoon naps, and my marathon training—just to keep in shape while I eat so many croissants at work—I have lost track of time completely. It’s wonderful that my work schedule is so crazy compared to almost anyone else’s (4am start time, random weekdays off, etc.) because it keeps me relatively busy and I absolutely love Trader Joe’s runs at 10am on a Monday, no one is there! Then there’s the flip side, I’m rather tired about 90% of the time I’m not at work, so this whole baking outside of work thing gets tough.
The month of December for KBB has consisted of about 10 failed attempts at a cake that I insisted I make work—the recipe seemed flawless! But alas, I decided that a new cookie recipe was needed, one that almost screams “Katie,” and of course it turned out to be magically delicious (cookies are definitely my strong suit!).
So below you have another game changing, swap-out-the-gingerbread-men-for, sprinkle loaded cookie.
All brown sugar? Check!
Oats for “health?” Check!
Sprinkles galore? Check!
Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate? Check check check!
You’re probably thinking Girl, those oats aren’t doing a damn thing! WELL, listen up, this cookie is so soft, like your teeth just sink right in, it’s an incredible thing, so I wanted to add oats because not only do I love the taste of a toasty oat, but a fun texture piece is brought, too.
And then there’s sprinkles, and chocolate…and if you decided to dip the cookies in chocolate and throw on more sprinkles, it’s just a glittery, wonderful winterland of a cookie you have created!
I did all of the above, and I must say it was the best decision this month. As posted on my Instagram, we had a little work outing where we went to Beautiful Briny Sea and make sprinkle blends! My boss, of course, was doing it for the shop for our peppercorn meringues, but the rest of us spent the hour or two making bags and bags of colorful, crazy little blends to bring home!
My Holiday Sprinkle Mix is featured on these cookies—and yes, this activity was even more fun than you can imagine! I’m thinking this is what I want my adult job to be…
ANYWHO! Back on track…got sprinkle distracted…
After a crazy month of work, being a new(ish) dog mom, still adjusting to life in Atlanta and then, surprise!, it’s Christmas, this recipe is exactly what we all need in our lives.
It’s quite simple, yet will bring ease to anyone’s day, especially if you’re as unprepared for this upcoming weekend as I am!
Butter, room temperature—12 oz, or 3 sticks
Brown Sugar—16 oz, or 2 ¼ C
Vanilla Extract—1 tsp
Baking Soda—1 tsp
Flour—26.25 oz, or 5 ¼ C
Oats—3.75 oz, or ¾ C
Chocolate Chips—14 oz, or 2 C
Sprinkles of choice—3-4 TBL
In the bowl of your mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add in the vanilla and the eggs, one at a time.
Once all combined, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add in the oats.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to your creamed mixture.
Add in your chips and sprinkles.
Either transfer your dough to another bowl or use the mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
When you are ready to bake your cookies, preheat your oven to 350˚ F.
Scoop out tablespoon sized cookies, or I do 1.5 oz, and place on a baking sheet lined with either parchment, a Silpat, or spray with nonstick spray.
Bake for 14-16 minutes, until the outside edges are just slightly browned and the centers are still very light—makes for a nice soft cookie!
Allow to cool and enjoy!
*Note: If you want to dip them in chocolate—over a double boiler, melt about 1 cup of white chocolate until smooth, dip half in the chocolate and cover in sprinkles before the chocolate firms up!*