It’s oatmeal cookie day! What do oatmeal cookies remind you of? Maybe your mom or grandma, maybe a childhood experience?
My early memories of them are not particularly pleasant because my mom always put raisins in oatmeal cookies. I know it’s common, even traditional, and while I’m okay with raisins now, as a kid, they ruined any dessert. I’m still not especially fond of raisins, so I’ve always baked with oatmeal and chocolate—that’s way better!
Speaking of oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies, that reminds me of the 1992 presidential wives chocolate chip cookie bake off. Hilary Clinton won with cookies that used shortening and oatmeal. Barbara Bush’s cookies did not use oatmeal and they used butter rather than shortening. I used to make that recipe of Hilary’s before I was gluten free, and those cookies were good.
I’m using Oatmeal Cookie Day as an excuse to share some gluten-free oatmeal recipes with you. I know that some of you cannot tolerate oats, and I’m sorry about that. For the rest of you, be sure to use certified gluten-free oats. Other oats can be highly contaminated with gluten.
I like Cream Hill Estate Lara’s Rolled Oats, which can be found on Amazon. Certified gluten-free oats are expensive, but keep in mind that this price is for a 4-pack.