Your grandma and I, we keep Ovaltine in our cupboards. It’s good for your growing children. It’s also just really good. Like I might punch a baby to get some, or something else inappropriate.
The first sip of this heavenly drink I ever had was at my grandmothers house. I don’t remember how old I was. I drank it, I loved it, I asked for more, then never had it for years. I think I drank it again in high school. Or maybe even later than that. The whole time Ovaltine was a fond memory of my childhood. Like the original animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I watched it as a child, and then it disappeared. Never to be seen again.
I was walking through the grocery store one day when I found it in the cereal aisle. I silently gasped, bought some, took it home, and there the grand affair began. Ever since then I always make sure I know where it is at the closest grocery store. You never know when emergency will strike.
Ovaltine is a comforting thing for me. I need to be comforted a lot. Like when my mom cuts off her fingers. Mmhmm. That happened this week.
Mom + lawn equipment = severed appendages.
Now let me explain real quick. My mother is a small business owner, and she operates her company alone as a mobile lawn equipment mechanic. From a leaf blower to a snowmobile, can she fix it? Yes she can! Mom the Fixer.
It hit me as I was explaining the situation to a friend just how serious it could have been. It could have been all her fingers. It could have been her whole hand. I live three states away. Can I just cut and run at the drop of a hat? What if something else happened to my parents? I can’t afford to fly or even drive home, can I? The pessimist in me went wild, so I went home and baked to shut him up.
Lucky for me I had received a cookie recipe with my newest container of Ovaltine. I changed things to my own liking and filled it with flavors that I love. Like brown sugar, cardamom, and cinnamon.
Sugar cookies are pretty basic, and I like grown up flavors. Changes made, these cookies have a mild spice and chocolate taste. They’re excellent dipped in milk. Or OVALTINE! Talk about meta.
After consuming a good dozen of these cookies. My nerves are calmed.
Good news has come, my mother gets to keep her finger tip. She’ll have to have the bones fused. The joint will be gone, but she’ll be whole again soon enough. The way she should be. Marred, but whole.
Ovaltine Sugar Cookies
Yields about 24 cookies
Adapted from Ovaltine
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Ovaltine mix, any flavor (I use Rich Chocolate)
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, room temp
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until just combined. Add flour, soda, salt, Ovaltine, and spices. Mix until sticky dough forms.
Using a medium cookie scoop, place dough on an ungreased cookie sheet about two inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.
My cookies came out crunchy on the edges, and cakey in the middle. Perfect for milk dipping.
Watch your fingers!