Chocolate Oatmeal Lace Cookies

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here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
– E.E. Cummings –

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I think we all crave a little magic in our lives. It’s part of the reason why this time of the year feels so special. As children we believe that actual magic is happening when we wake up to fairy lights and presents and I think a little of that stays with us as adults. But I’ve come to realize that nothing we fantasize about could really ever be more magical than what actually exists. Inhaling crisp mountain air, surrounded by pine trees, in a flurry of snow is better than any imaginary scene I could dream up. And being in the company of someone whose presence alone makes me smile and feel at ease is better than any fairytale romance I’ve ever heard of. Life can be so scary. But I think the ability we have to experience nature and love and passion amongst all the confusion; that is real magic.

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P.S. These cookies are perfect for the holidays, just the right amount of crunch with a little chocolate in between. They’re delicate and thin but so sweet that just one will satisfy your craving. Although you should probably have two for good measure. You can skip the chocolate if you want. They’re just as good on their own. Enjoy!

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RECIPE (adapted from Add a Pinch):

– 1 cup butter

– 2 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed

– 2 1/4 cups oats

– 3 T flour

– 1 tsp salt

– 1 egg, lightly beaten

– 4 oz bittersweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a medium saucepan, heat butter and sugar on medium high heat until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Turn off heat. Stir in oats, flour, salt and egg. Put teaspoon sized drops of batter on a parchment paper lined baking sheet leaving 2 inches in between (cookies will spread A LOT). Bake 5-7 mins until cookies are golden brown. Allow to cool for a couple minutes and then finish cooling on a cooling rack.

Melt chocolate using double boiler or microwave. Dip one side of cooled cookie into the chocolate and stick another cookie similar in size to the chocolate side. Allow chocolate to cool and harden. Enjoy!

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