Mondays are rough in the Industry. The box office giveth and the box office taketh away. Maybe your film did great, which is nice and all, but you're gonna be swamped. Or maybe your movie didn't perform as expected, and now it's time to pound the pavement to have them hold. I don't exactly understand what all of that means, but as any film industry spouse knows, you're only as good as your last picture, and Mondays, they come around every week (even on federal holidays) and there's a lot of getting through to do.
When my husband is having a real Monday, I bake him (and the whole office) cookies. He'll grab 'em, still warm, off the cooling rack before he even puts down his bag. And if he's having a Monday like only the Industry can dish out, well, then I bake him these particular cookies. I won't deny there are ulterior motives: cookies make people nice.
Whatever Box Office Monday is in your industry, very much including parenting, these make a fitting we-survived-today celebration. Bake yourself a batch, or queue the recipe up on your phone screen and hand it wordlessly to your person with an earnest look of pathos.
As appropriate to their existential purpose, Box-Office Monday Cookies are a fast bake—one bowl, no chill. They're dairy-free, so you can have some after dinner, if that's how you roll. You can freeze half the batch (mounded into cookies on a sheet pan, then in a zip-top bag) so that next time the literal or proverbial box office has got you down, you can pop them straight in the oven. Or not. Sometimes Mondays require full-batch baking.
Box Office Monday Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies (parve)
Dry ingredients (large mixing bowl):
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
Wet ingredients (medium mixing bowl):
- ½ cup coconut oil, slightly softened - you want it to be opaque and glossy, but not completely solid
- ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup raisins - or chocolate chips, it's your Monday
- ½ cup chopped walnuts - optional (I think required, but it's a divisive issue)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C and line two baking sheets.
- Using a stand or hand-held mixer, cream together the butter, shortening, and sugars in a large bowl
- Add in the eggs one at a time, beating, then the vanilla extract.
- Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to the bowl, right on top. Stir by hand until just combined.
- Next, add in, one at a time: the oats, raisins, and nuts, if using.
- Form into cookies using a scoop or a spoon. Bake for 8-9 minutes (not more!) until just beginning to brown around the edges but soft in the center.