Let's face it- no matter how much you love and adore your precious little angels, sometimes they manage to drive you bat$^*! insane. Whether it is the incessant whining, the refusal to eat a dinner that you've slaved over all afternoon, or a sudden inability to understand the concept of personal space, sometimes you just want to murder the little monsters. Or, at the very least, ship them off to Grandma and Grandpa for a few hours. Alas, we live several thousand miles away from our family and have been forced to employ more creative methods, i.e., the Mommy/ Daddy Time-out.
In all honesty, sometimes my beloved daughter isn't really being naughty when I go to Time-Out; she's just being a kid. But being an adult often means an improper balance of sleep and coffee, stress from work, money issues, family problems, health concerns, and, dare I say it, even a lack of sex. Any of these can throw a parent off their game and make one more susceptible to losing their $^*!. So bring on the Time-Out.
I have varying degrees of Time-Outs depending on my level of crankiness. Sometimes it just takes the pleasure of flipping off my kid behind her back to bring me back from the brink. Sometimes I just need five minutes to myself with a cup of coffee. Still other times it takes a full bottle of wine and a bubble bath.
Today it was a two-hour nap and an oatmeal cookie. Because there's something comforting about an old fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookie and a glass of icy cold milk that reminds me that sometimes its okay to take care of yourself while your child is pitching a tantrum in the next room. (Please note- said tantrum of child was brought on by a combination of not enough sleep due to a sleepover the night before combined with Mom being 20 minutes late to pick child up from sleepover. Worst Mom ever, right?)
Always start with all of your ingredients at room temperature. Also, a secret regarding the raisins: soak the raisins in warm water for about an hour before beginning to plump them up, the drain and set aside. I also reserve a few extra for pushing into the top of the dough balls just before I pop the cookies into the oven.
So, let's get started. This is an easy, no chill cookie recipe. Preheat your oven to 350*F and prep your cookie sheets with parchment paper. Start by creaming your butter and sugars together until light and creamy. Then add the eggs, one at a time. Add in your vanilla, mix just until well-combined, and set bowl aside.
In another large bowl, whisk together your flour, oats, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Gradually, using your hand mixer or stand mixer, beat together the wet and dry ingredients. Finally, mix in those plump and juicy raisins. *For an added treat, use a combination of regular and golden raisins.
Drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto your prepared cookie sheets, allowing enough room for the cookies to spread. (Its always a great idea to "Test Bake" a cookie or two at this point to check the temperature, spreading, and cooking time.) Bake for 11-13 minutes, just until cookies are slightly set and lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on cookie sheets.
Now, excuse me while I smuggle a plate of cookies and some milk into the tub with me while I enjoy a candlelit bubble bath. I may have to sacrifice a few to the kid, hubby, and cats so I can make a clean get away. Now, if only our bathroom door locked...