Soft Oatmeal Cookies

I got a grant to go to Orlando for a cancer conference which is probably one of the highlights of my heme onc fellowship. I convinced B to come along to my work trip with the girls, and naturally, we had to go to Disney World! We got to celebrate triple birthday’s and a proposal!

B’s brother, Alan, lives in Florida and we planned his proposal to his girlfriend Shanel (I may have used this as an excuse to buy a new camera lens…). I went to my conference during the day, and afterwards we drove to Cocoa beach. When B proposed to me, my friend hid behind a tree and I had no idea she was there. Well, it’s pretty hard to hide at a beach, and after scouting Google earth, there weren’t any trees or bushes I could take a picture in secret.

So we took the obvious route (she won’t expect it if it’s THAT obvious I’m taking my camera right)? Izzy and Alanna served as decoys where I insisted that we all had to gather together for a nice family shot to send to my mother in law.

My camera was all set up, and I said 1, 2, 3! … and nothing happened except much confusion. We had a failed attempt due to a stranger walking into the photo, so Alan held off last minute.

But on the second try, B ducked out of the picture carrying both girls (his arms were MVP), Alan knelt on his knee, Shanel spent a minute looking in the wrong direction before finally turning around, and the rest was history! The clouds, sunset, and beach made for some stunning shots.

The next day we went to Magic Kingdom, which was as magical as when I was a kid. We rode classics like It’s a Small World as well as the new Tron ride. Izzy was old enough to get really excited about Mickey Mouse and Elsa. We stayed til the fireworks and the girls were champs considering how long the day was (on top of jet lag).

The last day we went to Disney Springs. We ate quite possible the most epic and unhealthy cookies ever (Gideon’s Bakehouse) and did a bit of souvenir shopping.

The next morning was chaos, since on the way to the airport our flight got cancelled without any notice, and we scrambled to find another flight. Alan ended up driving us to another airport 3 hours away so we could catch the flight and we arrived past midnight. All in all once of the most exciting weekends we’ve ever had.

Soft Oatmeal Cookies adapted from Allrecipes. Not as epic as the cookies from Gideon’s in Disney Springs, but still very satisfying.

Soft Oatmeal Cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)


  • Whisk flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  • Cream butter and both sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then mix in vanilla. Gradually mix in dry ingredients, with oats last, until well combined. I like to roll the dough into balls, then chill dough in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 375F (190C). Put parchment paper on the tray. Place the chilled dough balls 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Very gentle press them.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until light golden brown around the edges. Let cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

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