After coming out of a highly cookie-packed season in December, I feel you all are probably groaning in your seats that you have to look at another one so soon. My response to you groaners is, good for you. I’m glad December brought a cookie avalanche your way, that you got to feast on creamed butter and sugar for a month, that your stockings and gifts from baker friends consisted of such wonderful, homey, twine wrapped packages of delight. Mine was filled with rest and recuperation. No cookies. No joy. No baker friends kind enough to give me any left over scraps.
I can’t really say I’m planning on turning this January into my supposed-to-be-cookie-packed December, but I did want to at least mention the current cookie stocking our cookie jar. You see, because it’s January and there is usually someone in my house (and it’s never me) who likes to start the New Year off detoxing from the holiday season prior, I usually have to walk through a certain equation to get my better half to see the benefit of January cookies. This year it went as so: brown butter (heavenly) + oatmeal (healthy) + chocolate chunks (pockets of warm gooey delight) = heavenly healthy cookies with pockets of warm gooey delights that cheer anyone up from the typical wintery depression that hits us in the middle of January when the sun ceases to give us rays of joy and warmth — the last part was my mad salesman skills, I admit, but the husband agreed. I could eat them all by myself.