Ugh. I try so hard to make fudge, but it never turns out perfectly. My thermometer just wouldn’t reach 232F, yet it started to burn so I had to turn it off. I’m hoping that letting it chill in the fridge will help it solidify. I really need to test my thermometer.

While I wait on the fudge, here’s a cookie that’s easy to throw together. It’s originally a cookie mix jar recipe, so all the dry ingredients are added together before the wet ingredients. It still came out ok. You can add a festive touch by using red and green MnMs, like I did in my picture.

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 Tbsp water
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 cup candy-coated milk chocolate (such as MnMs)

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. In a medium bowl, mix sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and oats. Add butter, water, vanilla, and egg. Mix until combined. Fold in candy.

3. Spoon dough by rounded teaspoons on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are set. Cool 5 minutes; remove from sheets and place on cooling racks. Makes 3 dozen.

Source: Betty Crocker’s Holiday Cookies 2007, p. 72