The nurse who gave me this recipe called these cookies, ‘World’s Best Cookies.’ I like to call them “The-Best-Cookies-For-When-You-Really-Need-To-Grocery-Shop.’
But I suppose World’s Best Cookies is a bit more succinct.
I received this gem of a recipe many years ago in my second year of being a nurse. I came on to the medical-surgical floor after spending a year and a half on a step-down neuro unit where I worked with stroke patients, back and neck surgical patients and neurological trauma and cancer.
Suddenly, I was a deer in headlights when it came to working with the array of patients and diagnosis that came with a jack-of-all-trades medical surgical floor. The phone rang off the hook, the alarms rang continuously and doctors and family members all came at me fast and furious.
I nervously approached M with a question on one of the pm shifts and she showed me what I needed to do, who I needed to call and where to find what. I thanked her profusely and did what she told me.
That was how it the connection started between M and I. I’m not even sure why. Maybe it was the love we shared for making food, we both loved to bake and often brought our goodies to share with the other staff members. Maybe it was the fact that I was eager to learn and M loved to teach. Maybe I just looked like I needed a helping hand! Whatever the connection, the mentorship M gave me in all things nursing, life and baking is something I will treasure forever.
In all of my years of being a nurse, there is no one who excelled in the profession of nursing as M did. She had decades of experience in a variety of acute care hospital settings. Everything she did was done with efficiency, excellence, kindness and a good dose of humor.
One of my biggest struggles was starting intravenous lines (IV’s) for fluid and medication administration. M started them on the first try always. She patiently taught me what she knew and would talk me through the process.
Getting better at starting IV’s was one of many skills I learned from M, but I learned far more than technical skills. I learned how to be an excellent nurse, how to keep the standards high, to own one’s mistakes, to not be afraid to ask for help and to continue to seek mastery and above all, to treat others well.
“We’re the lucky ones to be on this side of the bed rail,” she’d tell me when we had to work with a difficult patient or family member. There was no room for complaining with M. It was all about getting down to business and caring for others well.
This was one of the recipes she shared with me. Like I inferred at the beginning, it’s great because you don’t need too much of anything. One stick of butter, one egg, one cup of oatmeal, etc. etc.
The only really odd thing is the one cup of cornflakes. I don’t always have those one hand.
These cookies are pale, be careful not to over bake them! They are best when they are just turning golden on the edges.
Baking Note: The batter is fairly clumpy- that’s normal. Be sure to press down the balls of dough with a bottom of a cup that’s been dipped in sugar, just slightly. This way they will bake all the way through. Plus, the sugar coated top is really the cherry on the top.
I guarantee that if you bring these cookies to work or your next function, you won’t be bringing too many home! These cookies look a little different, but once you bite into them with their chewy, but slightly textured feel and their subtle sweetness, you won’t be able to have just one. The combination of oats, coconut, nuts and cornflakes create a original texture.
I hope you have had someone like M in your life, someone who was further down the road than you are and gave you a helping hand (and maybe a good recipe!) when you needed it. People like M seem to leave our lives too soon. I figured the best way we can keep them alive in our hearts is to pass on what they gave to us: a helping hand and an encouraging word.
And perhaps a good recipe.