Baking Oatmeal Cookies to Fight Off Depression

oatmeal cookies with cold juice
Serve your oatmeal cookies with your preferred hot or cold drink.

As women, depression can be an ugly presence. there are just times when we feel like we are down in the dumps. Sometimes, it’s PMS. Sometimes, it’s during the time of the month. Sometimes, it’s the full moon. For others, it’s SAD–seasonal affective disorder. Whatever the reason, there are times that we feel depression creeping up and we feel helpless. It may not be chronic, but it’s there from time to time, disrupting our daily routines, and it takes very little to set it off.

Since last night, I had been plagued with something. Of course, there was a trigger but I will not tell you about it. All I can tell you is that last night I felt so bad and everything seemed bleak. I had to take a swig just so I could sleep fast, as my eyes are already swollen from crying. It continued this morning. I had to have a shouting spree with my husband. When afternoon came, I decided to do something about it. After all, I have two daughters to take care of and it’s unfair to bring it out on them or to take them for granted because of what I am feeling.

I checked the cupboard for the things that I will need and found out that I have enough to make Oatmeal Cookies. But this time, I wanted a twist because I had some chopped cashew nuts. So immediately, I started working. It was only 2:30pm and I thought I had enough time to make it before our usual 4pm afternoon snack. Here’s my easy oatmeal recipe that you can try.

Oatmeal Cashew Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
2 whole eggs
1 tsp. vanilla (optional)
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups instant oats
1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder
1 3/4 cups chopped cashew nuts

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
2. Mix all the wet ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.

how to make oatmeal cookies
Combine the wet ingredients in one bowl.
how to make oatmeal cookies
Mix the dry ingredients separately.

3. Gradually add the dry ingredients in the wet bowl, stirring each time. Mix well.
4. Grease baking pans.
5. Place a heaped teaspoon of cookie batter on the pans, spacing them about 2 inches.
6. Flatten the balls using a spoon.

how to make oatmeal cookies
Cookie batter just before baking. You may flatten them some more if you prefer them very crisp.

7. Bake in the oven for about 8-10 minutes, or until you see it turning caramel brown. I like our oatmeal cookies in this color because when they cool, they become crisp.

how to make oatmeal cookies
Two dozens of oatmeal cookies baking in my small electric oven.

8. Remove from the pan immediately and let them cook on wire racks completely before storing in cookie jars. If they are still hot, moisture will form and will not remain crisp.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

how to make oatmeal cookies
Cool the cookies completely on wire racks before storing them in cookie jars.

The Depression Therapy of Making Cookies

While baking in the sweltering afternoon heat, I was sweating profusely. I think that picked up my mood. And when the cookies started baking, the wonderful aroma filled the kitchen and even the living room. It was comforting to say the least and it seems that the cloud that was making my day dreary was finally lifting. And lastly, sharing it with family and our staff all the more lifted my spirits. My eldest daughter ate a couple while the little girl had one. I was happy.

And oh, I think that the natural oils in the cashew also helps in lifting up the mood.

Sometimes, we just have to fight off these feelings by being productive. This may be good for those who happen to be visited by depression from time to time. If you are already on medication, I will not advice to skip it but rather you augment it by doing things that you love, such as gardening, cross-stitching, painting, baking, or even dancing. Whatever you fancy, do it. It would also be nice to get your body to perspire to get your body to produce those happy hormones and chase the blues away.

Happy Tuesday!

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