I mentally prepared myself to start this blog post off with yet another baking fail. When I took the cookies out of the oven, they were super flat and appeared discolored. I was even embarrassed as I knew I had to post and confess my defeat. Not to mention the fact that I am a week overdue. Scratch that, it is now two weeks overdue. This challenge I have given myself has definitely proven to be a….well, a challenge, but I am not giving up!
I chose this dessert because I kept seeing the beautiful image staring at me while perusing my board. It was kind of nostalgic as it brought up memories of the white rectangular box that housed my favorite individually packed Oatmeal cookies sandwiches. I am pretty sure we had an everlasting supply in my house. I even had them on hand in my dorm room when I went to college. Fast forward to several years later and a maturing palate and I now see a poison sign whenever I look at that box so you can imagine it brought me excitement to be able to get a childhood treat made with ingredients I can pronounce.
This time I did cheat a bit and recruit my mini bakers to balance wild boys and attempting to pump out yet another baked treat. They are becoming pros now as the oldest has been helping me bake for about 4 years and my youngest for almost 2. We started off with the cookie portion which was quite easy. I cannot tell you why they came out so flat and discolored, but I think I let the butter sit out too long and that may explain the flatness. I opened a new box of baking soda so it wasn’t that. Regardless, this was definitely a “don’t judge a book by its cover moment.
I “tested” one of the cookies and had a moment. The cookie was so soft and flavorful. It really felt like it was melting in my mouth. I would definitely attribute the texture to the molasses. You don’t really taste it but it makes sure its presence is known by creating a cookie that seems to almost massage your teeth as you chew.
I was pretty exhausted when it came to creating the filling so I just cut a hole in a ziploc bag and went to town. I also need to note that I did not use bourbon or brown the butter. I know I know, don’t fall out. I missed that it was browned butter as that is usually highlighted in the recipe description and I refuse to purchase alcohol at the ABC stores. I just added 1 tablespoon of vanilla and used plain butter.
They were so good, there was almost no final product to capture. I had to leave the last few at my in-laws so I would devour every single one myself. This is definitely going down in the books as a go to treat.