Food Memories – Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies
Posted by bakingway
Recently, scientists announced what many of already knew: There are direct links between food and memories. Happily, my mother and I shared many memories as we talked about, wrote about and prepared food together. Today is the anniversary of the death of my mother from Alzheimers Disease. On this day, I always prepare and eat foods that remind me of her. Please indulge me in sharing this very true story about my mom on her death bed and the last food memory I have with her.
Mom had been placed on “Comfort Care” meaning no food, no tubes, just waiting for her end. I waited at her bedside for days. She hadn’t been lucid enough to recognize family or speak for weeks. And yet, on the 9th day of not eating, she looked at me and mouthed “choc-o-late”! No kidding!! I jumped up and asked her “Mom, did you day something??!” To which she again mouthed “choc-o-late”. For the first time in a long time, I knew mom was really “in there”.
Against the nurses wishes, I rushed to the nearest store, bought some Lindt chocolate filled truffles and ran back to her room. I warmed the truffle in my hand, cut it in two, and drizzled the chocolate inside on mom’s bottom lip. Then…she smiled at me as if to say “thank you, I needed that!”!!! Not long after, mom went home to be with God.
This isn’t a sad memory – it’s one that makes me laugh, because truly, my mom LOVED chocolate! She used to purchase her favorite candy bars by the case, not by the bar (luckily for her she had a metabolism that allowed her to eat like this.) When I was a kid, mom used to make these simple cookies (from a Betty Crocker book years ago) as a treat, sometimes for us kids and sometimes for herself to share with us. When my children were little, I made them, and now, my daughter will make them for her children. Just a simple little cookie – so many precious memories!
In a medium size pan, bring to a boil: 1/2 cup Butter 2 cups Sugar 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder 1/2 cup Milk Dash of Salt
Stir constantly and boil for 4 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and quickly stir in: 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract 3 cups Oatmeal (Quick Cooking)
Drop by spoon or scoop onto a piece of parchment. Allow to cool and enjoy!