Tiny Kitchen Recipes: Oatmeal jammy cookies from the Treats Truck

Try making this delicious dessert from the Treats Truck, who'll be recognized at the Vendy Awards this weekend.

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The Treats Truck offers homespun goodies for sweet tooths

The Treats Truck offers homespun goodies for sweet tooths Photograph: Angie Mosier


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The Vendy Awards are on Saturday, September 7, and this year, mobile eateries, including TONY fave the Treats Truck, that offered free grub to communities affected by Hurricane Sandy will be honored. Here's a sweet recipe from its philanthropic baker-owner Kim Ima.

The Treats Truck's oatmeal jammy cookies from The Truck Food Cookbook by John T. Edge

Ingredients:

- 2 cups (4 sticks) butter
- 1 3/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp salt
- 6 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup thick jam of any flavor (raspberry and apricot are especially good)

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream the butter with the brown and granulated sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth. 

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture followed by the oats, and mix until well combined. Refrigerate the cookie dough for 15 to 20 minutes to firm up. 

Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

When ready to bake, place tablespoon-size scoops of cookie dough on ungreased baking sheets about 1/2 inch apart. Make a little indentation in the middle of each, and spoon a dollop of jam in the center. Bake the cookies until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. 

Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for five minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat the process until you’ve baked all of the cookie dough. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

John T. Edge's The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America's Best Restaurants on Wheels collects recipes from superlative mobile grub vendors from L.A. to NYC. The Treats Truck is Kim Ima's roving pastry vehicle and brick-and-mortar shop in Carroll Gardens.


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