Shall we talk about that time I made oatmeal raisin cookies as a thank-you for a college professor and then proceeded to eat the whole batch? And then to make matters worse, I was never able to replicate them? Yeah. I have a thing for warm, sweet, cinnamon-y oatmeal raisin-y goodness. These cookies are the closest I’ve ever come to re-creating the magic of my College Cookie Binge cookies, but I also love baked oatmeal, which is basically a breakfast-friendly oatmeal cookie in a bowl. And hey, as long as you serve this with bacon and orange juice, this baked oatmeal is totally breakfast (or breakfast for dinner). Just ignore the amounts of butter and brown sugar that set off your cookie radar. Unless your kids refuse to eat it. Then you can totally tell them it’s cookies for breakfast.
how to make it
Also, in the spirit of not-cookie-ness, I bet it would be not disgusting if you left out the fruit and added some chocolate chips right before serving the oatmeal. If you can live with yourself for adding chocolate chips to your breakfast. And I think you guys know me well enough to know that I totally can.
Then add the butter/milk/egg mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. Pour this mixture into a deep 9″ or 10″ pie plate or an 8″x8″ or 9″x9″ baking dish. Or something similar. Just don’t get too big–I’ve found a 9×13″ pan makes things a little too dry.
Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
Don’t worry about cutting it–just scoop it into individual bowls and add a splash of warm or hot milk (cold milk is weird–everything becomes lukewarm, which isn’t really what you’re after). If you’re wondering what it’s like (besides awesome), it’s kind of a cross between regular oatmeal and a granola bar. Like a warm cookie that kind of falls apart with a spoon.
This baked oatmeal is like a warm oatmeal cookie for breakfast! If you’d like, you can prep it the night before and pop it in the oven in the morning.
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and Craisins. In a smaller bowl, mis together the milk, butter, vanilla, and eggs. Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and whisk to combine. Pour into a deep 9″ pie plate or an 8×8″ or 9×9″ baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve immediately with a splash of warmed milk.
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