Thursday, March 26, 2009
Yesterday I was feeling a little down. I'm not sure why. Maybe it was the rain, and knowing that the temperature was dropping just when I'd gotten used to spring? Whatever the reason, there was just a feel of unease around our house, and I couldn't get my groove.
I like to bake when I'm down. I never understood it when my mama would bake cakes to sell all day, and then bake a batch of brownies to relax. I'm still not sure why it works (although brownie batter can cure the sadness anytime), but I know it does. I try not to do it often, because I don't have a huge household of teenage boys to eat the results like I did at home (or a dorm filled with friends who I made them for everyday one semester), but this day I really had the bug to make something chocolately (the hershey's kisses in the pantry just wouldn't do).
This cookie, while not baked, has been one of my favorites since I was little. We called them macaroons, and I originally found the recipe in the Sebring, FL community cookbook (my mama's hometown) from the 1950's, but I've seen the recipe in lots of places. It calls for peanut butter, but I find that changes the flavor in ways I'm not looking for. It also calls for nuts, but my hubby doesn't like them so I left them out. Here is the halved recipe that I used.
Deanna's Sad Day Chocolate Cookies
1/2 stick margarine
1/8 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
Boil together 1 minute
1/4 cup coconut (I've left this out too, just add more oatmeal)
1 1/2 cups oatmeal