3am Cookies

Staying home taking care of a newborn certainly has its ups and downs.  Before I went on maternity leave, I had this image in my head that I would be able to do alot of reading, practice my baking (seriously, Matt is still waiting to come home to a tray of yorkshire puddings), and write a few blog posts that have been accumulating in my head.  Mothers around the world can all laugh at me now.  Aside from not sleeping or bathing, the most challenging thing about the fourth trimester has been eating.  And by eating I mean NOT eating despite being (and still am) ravenously hungry ALL. THE. TIME.

During the first 2 months, what I needed were easily consumable and nutritious foods that required zero prep and could be eaten with one hand.  After several weeks of thinking, planning, acquiring ingredients, and looking at those ingredients sit on the counter...I made these cookies that were great.  I call these "3am cookies" because I was most desperately hungry in the middle of the night after the 5th nursing session.

Dry ingredients: 
-3/4 cups flour
-2 cups old fashioned oats 
-1/2 cups flax seeds (I went a little heavy on these, I think a normal person might prefer less)
-1/4 cups chia seeds
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/4 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 tsp nutmeg

Wet ingredients:
-1 stick softened butter
-1 cup brown sugar
-2 tsp vanilla
-2 eggs

Fun stuff:
-1 cup raisins
-1 cup dark chocolate chips

To start, beat the butter and brown sugar together and then add in the rest of the wet ingredients.  Then dump all the dry ingredients in.  I liked the raisins and chocolate chips, but they could be substituted with other fun things.  For example I made a small batch with craisins and pistachios that were good but I liked the raisin/chocolate chips better. 

Drop onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 for roughly 12 minutes.  This batch yielded about 30 2 inch cookies.  Note that these are not buttery chewy cookies that you'd give to Santa.  In fact Santa would be really disappointed if he got these.  But they are a convenient, yummy, filling, and nutritious snack :)


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