In case you've been under a rock, on that day, a man in need of serious help decided to come into the elementary school where his mother was a teacher and take the lives of staff and innocent children before taking his own. Innocent elementary school aged children. Children who should know nothing of guns or mental illness. Children who should never have anything to fear. Children who should have had no worries at all in their lives but what type of cookies to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve.
Children who will now never learn to drive, attend their prom, graduate high school or have the lives they were intended to have. Staff members who will never experience another holiday with their families. Staff members who will never get the joy of spending another day in the presence of children. Staff members who are now known as heroes. There aren't words for me to describe how this makes me feel and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Its hard to put something unimaginable into words.
Which is why I immediately decided to participate in Cookies & Crafts for Sandy Hook. The blogging community is an amazing one and while I hate the reason we're coming together, I am grateful to be part of a community that will never hesitate to do whatever they can to help.
So, I share these Old-Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies with you. I ate cookies similar to these in elementary school and there are fond memories of sharing them with friends.
To the innocent victims, parents, family, friends, teachers and community of Newtown, Connecticut, my heart goes out to you. You experienced something incredibly horrible that no one should ever need to live through. I am truly, truly sorry for your loss and wish I could take away some of your pain. We're here for you and we'll never forget.
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 5 tbsp. milk
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spray two cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Combine the oats through salt together in a medium bowl.
3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the butter and sugars together until smooth. Add in the eggs one at a time, then slowly add in the flour mixture until combined.
4. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets 1 inch apart. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until browned. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to continue cooling.
5. Meanwhile, prepare the icing by whisking the powdered sugar and milk together in a large bowl. Once the cookies have cooled, drizzle the glaze over them. Let harden completely before transferring to an airtight container.
If you weren't able to participate in this event and would like to help out financially, the Cookies & Crafts bloggers found that Newtown Youth and Family Services accepts donations and are going towards those affected during this terrible event.