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I Know What Boys Like

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In addition to baking for the “boys” in my house, I regularly bake goodies for our college student neighbors, many of whom also happen to be boys. We live in a house that is literally surrounded by student rentals, so I start the year by sending over plates of baked goods as a gesture of good will, and then I tend to get attached to certain houses as the school year progresses and send over more goodies as the spirit moves me, or the occasion warrants. These kids are away from home, running to and from campus like crazy people, keeping bizarre hours, biking, running, playing sports, living on Kraft mac and cheese and ramen noodles, and definitely pleased to see a plate of homemade cookies made by a Mom.

Today I made Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chips, Soft Sugar Cookies and No Bake Cookies. Two platters of cookies are “thank yous” to guys who took time on Sunday to come watch Sam play football, one platter is a “thank you” to a house full of guys who are on the Michigan State University football team, who gave us free (and fantastic) tickets to last week’s home game, and the fourth is for my own boys, just because I love them.



Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

(Submitted by Dr Amy to



* 1 cup butter, softened
* 1 cup packed light brown sugar
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 2 eggs
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 3 cups quick-cooking oats
* 1 cup chopped walnuts (I omitted these because Sam hates nuts in cookies)
* 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in the quick oats, walnuts, and chocolate chips. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.

3. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


Soft Sugar Cookies

(Contributed by Diana Rattray to

INGREDIENTS: * 3/4 cup shortening
* 1/4 cup butter
* 2 cups granulated sugar
* 4 egg yolks
* 1 1/2 cups milk
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 teaspoon lemon extract ( I usually use all vanilla)
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Cream shortening and butter with sugar. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Pour milk into a large measuring cup; add extract(s) and baking soda. Into a separate bowl sift flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.

Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk mixture. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets then sprinkle with a cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes at 375°. Store sugar cookies in an airtight covered container.


About imagineannie

I feel like I'm fifteen - does that count? I'm lots of things, I get paid to be the Managing Editor for a local news publication, and I love my job. I am also inordinately fond of reading, animals (I have four), elephants, owls, hedgehogs writing, tramping in the woods, cooking India, Ireland, England, avocado toast, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, Little Women, Fun Home, Lumber Janes, Fangirl, magic, Neil Gaiman, Jane Austen, YA books, not YA books, classical music, Salinger (OMG SALINGER), Brahms, key lime pie, indie music, podcasts, sleeping in, road trips, marmalade, museums, bookstores, the Oxford comma, BBC, The Miss Fisher Mysteries, birdwatching, seashells, kombucha, and stickers. Not a huge fan of chewing gum, jazz, trucker hats or dystopian and/or post-apolcalyptic fiction (but I'll try anything).

5 responses »

    nice… lucky for those around you…

    ps – i just got on the scale
    my bra was getting tight
    it’s worse than i thought

  2. Cluadia,

    Well, perhaps I should mention that some of the “boys” in the neighborhood are quite lovely to look at. As my grandfather used to say: “I may be married, but I’m not dead.”

    As for the other issue – I’m not getting worse, but I’m not exactly setting the world on fire, either. Now that its not so incredibly hot here, there is NO excuse for failing to get a long walk in every day. I have asked Rob to hide the cookies from me.

  3. YOU are a nice neighbor!!

  4. lol – that’s too funny about the boys…

    not so funny about the weight thing
    such a drag
    i am pissed
    huge battle this weight thing
    my biggest life’s challange (and i’m in a wheelchair…)

  5. Barbara, as I have explained to Claudia, I am not only nice but appreciative of a fine looking young man AND happy to trade cookies for free 40 yard line seats at Big Ten football games. (Your alma mater will beat us, though – I don’t necessarily want to see that one).

    Claudia, you are right that its a drag. I alternate between thinking “who cares, you only live once” and thinking that its irresponsible to trash the only body I was given, even for the sake of great food. Your battle has got to be harder than mine (thank God for that bike of yours, eh?) but I bet your arms are fabulous – mine look a tiny bit like Italian hams at the moment.


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