Oatmeal Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Cashew Cream Frosting

I’m about to tell you about the best day of my life. Thus far.

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Okay so Friday morning I woke up at 5:45 and headed to my Sunrise Yoga class with a friend. I left there feeling all at peace with the world, as only yoga (and maybe that time when you peeled an orange in one piece) can make you feel.

I went home and ended up making a blueberry banana coconut pancake topped with toppings…because once you put toppings on something it automatically makes it feel like a dessert. Desserty things for breakfast? I can handle that.

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So pancakes and yoga. Actually, yoga then pancakes…i’m not sure if I’d wanna do that the other way around. Anywayses, I eventually convinced myself to head out my door to class and on the way to my car I found $20 on the ground. That like never happens. And anytime you find money on the ground that means it’s time to pay it forward. Watch out waiter/waitress, I’m coming for you.

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So I got done with class and came home and made a bowl of healthy cookie dough for a snack because there is just nothing better than snacktime and wannabe dessert that tastes just ohhemmggeeeeee good. But I made it mainly because I lack imagination and creativity when I’m hungry so I just default to what is simple.

And theennnn, there was a knock on my door and my boyfriend was there. I knew he was coming to visit me this weekend but I wasn’t expecting him for a couple hours so I was looking like a hot mess and that doesn’t even begin to describe the state of my apartment…oh well. He’s had plenty of time to run away in the last 5 years and he hasn’t yet. So he came in and sat down while I tired to straighten up my wreck of an apartment. And as I was doing that…I got a phone call.

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An important phone call. A phone call from the Grad School I applied to. And the phone call was from a wonderful women who said I had been accepted to be part my dream Grad School’s Fall 2013 class.

I’ve been working really hard for this. It’s exhausting trying to realize what you actually want to do with your life and then having to start over with classes and volunteering and work experience in a field that is different from what you originally thought you wanted to do when you were 18 and had no idea who you were or what career you could ever want. It’s hard to feel like you didn’t waste time trying to get to where you are now. But there’s a quote that says something like, “think of how far you have come today.” And I try to think about that quote when I feel like my life isn’t going perfectly and I’m not exactly where I hoped to be(yet). I’m trying to live my dream. And this blog, this grad school, and this person I’ve become in the last 3 years is all part of that.

Oooo that was kinda heavy for a blog where I usually talk about how I put avocados in cookies and how I was terrified I would never stop playing with Barbies. Just wait…I promise there’s a cookie recipe at the end.

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Okay back to my Friday. So then I got a text from my mom saying I had received another box of yogurt from Chobani. Seriously, Chobani? Another 72 ounces of happiness. You guys are amazing.

So to celebrate my grad school acceptance, my boyfriend and I went out for pizza. Mediterranean pizza (without cheese) from BJ’s. Can’t be beat.

Then we came back to my apartment. And I just couldn’t stop smiling and feeling like I couldn’t be happier. I sat down on my couch and my boyfriend was putting in a movie for us to watch. I didn’t know what movie it was but I was just floating. So happy. And then the movie started playing. It was Across the Universe. (You know that strange movie with all the Beatles songs in it). I thought, “Oh how sweet, this was the movie we saw on our first date(5 1/2 years ago).”

And then he turned around. And then he started saying sweet, perfect things. And then he was walking towards me. And then he was down on one knee. And then he asked me to marry him. And then I said yes.

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I know life won’t always seem like roses & daisies, but right now it does. And I plan on living in the right now for the rest of my life.

And for serious I like need a husband. Mainly because I can’t light a match to save my life and for the totally selfish reason that I receive a ridiculous amount of satisfaction from cooking for another person. Totally selfish? Yes. But regardless, he has decide to wife me.

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My dad (who told my mom) already knew the proposal was coming but didn’t know exactly when. I wanted to break the news to my family in a creative way and what is more fun than cookies? Ummm I’ve got nothing. So cookies it was. I just put all the cookies on the table in a random order and told them to figure out what the letters spelled. They guessed it pretty quick.

But for serious,we thought one of my grandmas was going to have a heart attack she was so excited. I love family. Right now I can’t think of how a weekend will ever beat this one.

But then I remember we get to go cake tasting in a couple months and that is gonna be like incredible.

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Oatmeal Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Cashew Cream Frosting

makes 14 large cookies

[cookie recipe adapted from annie's eats; frosting recipe adapted from raw guru]

Oatmeal Sugar Cookie

2 3/4 cup oat flour

1/4 + 1/8 tsp tsp salt

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 stick butter (could probably substitute in a vegan butter like Earth Balance)

1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened

3/4 cup white sugar

2 1/4 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1 egg white

In a large bowl, combine oat flour, salt and baking powder. Stir ingredients together.

In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together butter, applesauce and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in egg and egg white one at a time beating well (about 1 minute) after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Finally, add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients a little at a time. Mix batter until dry ingredients are evenly distributed into the wet ingredients. Batter will be thin and sticky and not look very cookie doughy. Cover dough and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Preheat an oven to 350F.

Remove chilled dough from the freezer and use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop out scant 1/4 scoops of dough. Roll the dough into a ball and place on a non-stick cookie sheet. If you want a doughier cookie, gently press down on the top of each cookie (when I make these cookies again I would definitely press them down a little to make them more doughy and not so light/fluffy/crumbly). Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the bottom edges are turning slightly golden brown. The cookie really should not look even slightly brown. They will seem a little underdone when removed from oven. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to completely cool. Frost with you favorite icing or the cashew cinnamon icing below.

Cinnamon Cashew Cream Frosting (dairy free)

2 cups cashews (soaked for 1+ hours)

14 dates, pitted (soaked for 1+ hours)

3 tsp lemon juice

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 + 1/8 tsp cinnamon

1/4 + 1/8 cup water

In a large bowl, soak cashews and pitted dates for 1-3 hours (I soaked mine for 3). Strain the cashews and dates to drain off the soaking water. Rinse the cashews and dates and pour them into a food processor/high powered blender. Add in lemon juice and salt. Process until all the cashews are no longer whole and begin to add in water until desired consistency is reached. Scoop frosting into a bowl and mix in cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate until ready to frost your cookies.

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About Kylie

Hello! My name is Kylie and imma eat that. I like to EAT. I try to make it healthy. And I love you, for being here.
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31 Responses to Oatmeal Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Cashew Cream Frosting

  1. Megan says:

    OH EM GEEEEEEE!!! CONGRATULATIONS YOU TWO!! I’m psyched right now. I hope that boy realizes how lucky he is to have a fantastical baker and soon to be grad student as his fiance! Sounds like a smart cookie.

    • Kylie says:

      Hahaha that was such a sweet comment:) thanks Megan:):) I’m so excited and my heart won’t stop racing and I feel like I can’t quite catch my breath…but in a good way:)

  2. Chobani says:

    CONGRATS, KYLIE! :)

    • Kylie says:

      Thank you so much:):) saying I’m excited doesn’t even begin to explain it:) I should totally do Chobani wedding favors! Banana Greek yogurt for everybody! Haha

  3. Britta says:

    okay, so I basically just found your blog but I am already in love AND SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! Gah, you’re post just gave me butterflies! Talk about the perfect weekend for you :) I love how you shared the news with your family – adorbs. :D

    • Kylie says:

      Hiiii Britta! First off I LOVE your name! And it was seriously just the most perfect day/weekend! And my families reactions were so funny…especially my grandma’s. We recorded a video of her trying to figure out what the cookies spelled and her reaction was hilarious…she kept saying, “this is the happiest day of my life.” I’ll have to post the video soon!

  4. Alison says:

    Eek!! When I saw that first picture of the scrambled letters on the cookies, I saw it within ten seconds! Congratulations!! Sounds like a pretty perfect day :) and boy do those cookies top it off! Yum! Wish you two all the best!

    • Kylie says:

      Aww thanks Alison:)) I just wanted to stay in that day forever…not really, but for at least a couple more hours haha. It was like a fairy tale:)) Now I just have to figure out how to plan a wedding!

  5. I LOVE the way you posted this!!! And congratulations!!!

    • Kylie says:

      Thank you so much Ari:):)!!! This was by far my favorite post that I’ve ever written!!! I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time…and I seriously ate like 4 1/2 of these cookies while writing it:)

  6. SandraM says:

    My first time at your blog and it is an engagement post! Congratulations!! I was reading ‘what we’ve been reading’ on Snooth. com and your snicker bars recipe was one of them. You have some very interesting recipes that I need to try. Great work. I will come back often to see what is new.

    • Kylie says:

      Woohoo Sandra! You picked a good day to stop by:)) There are for sure a lot of interesting recipes…some a little too interesting for my family’s liking haha. But those snickers bars were loved by everybody!! success!!

  7. Gina G says:

    I’m a secret reader, but I just had to comment! CONGRATS! I am so so thrilled for you!! :)

    p.s. I think your blog is like the cutest thing ever!

    • Kylie says:

      Hiii Gina! Hahaha thanks for commenting! And for being excited for me!!:) I’m glad you enjoy the blog and all my random thoughts and stories! Thanks for representing my secret readers, my stats page says there are quite a few of you but I was beginning to wonder if y’all really existed!

  8. foodiecology says:

    Congratulations! Love the story of the proposal & of your awesome day. Great (delicious) way to share the news, too.

    • Kylie says:

      It was so much fun! All of my family figured out what the cookies said at the exact same time and like all together everyone just looked at my hand for a ring. It was hilarious:)

  9. Oh my god, that seriously sounds like the best day EVER! Congratulations, so excited for you guys! And those cookies look delicious :)

    • Kylie says:

      Thank you so much!! Saying I’m excited doesn’t even begin to cover it! I’ll sit down to study and then I’ll just look up photographers for engagement pictures for 2 hours…should be an interesting school semester haha

  10. Cutest post ever!!! Congratulations, I’m so happy for you! :)

  11. Lou says:

    Congrats! What an amazing day, and the start of an amazing journey for you and your husband to be :) I just got hitched a few months ago, and it was seriously the most lovely lovely lovely thing ever… the whole wedding planning thing is quite the wild ride, but keep up with that yoga and you’ll stay zen ;)

    • Kylie says:

      Ohhh ‘husband to be’ sounds even more fun to say than ‘fiance’:) I love that you describe your wedding as ‘lovely.’ It makes the day sound so sweet and elegant…as I’m sure it was:) I’ve heard the wedding planning process can be quite trying at times but I’ll take your advice and keep up the yoga haha:))

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  14. Stefani says:

    First time reading at its finest, congratulations Kylie! Wow, I stumbled upon your recipe (cinnamon cashew cream on oat cookies?! Yess please!) but was really taken by your amazing day, and story. I will continue to explore your space here, thank you for sharing and congrats again, on grad school and your engagement! Namaste.

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  18. Amy says:

    Kylie, CONGRATS! I LOVE the post, you’re a great storyteller!

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