Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie Cobbler

with apples & pears

Did I mention how much I hated being in the car both on our way to and on our way back from the Catskills? I’m generally just fine in cabs, but I guess I never sit in the front seat. Kramer was kind enough to completely take over the driving duties…not that he entirety had a choice. I can’t drive anymore. The last time I was behind the wheel of a car was January 2010. I was always a cautious old lady driver, but now I don’t even know of I could drive a car if asked. I hate being in charge of what is essentially a weapon. People drive like morons and I’m right there next to them in my steel box o’ death. I can’t believe I was allowed to drive a car when I was 16 years old. That’s just insane. Teenagers are the dumbest people I know, myself included. My parents will probably hate reading this but I had my fair share of close calls on the road and they haunt me. I had a Jeep, so I drove a car with a high center of gravity. Not the best choice for someone as skittish as my self. One time it was raining and I took a turn a little too fast – I slid across the street and thought I was going to lose control of the car because the bricks I was driving on were so slick with oil and water. Another time, in college, I was driving to a dentist appointment on the freeway. A car that was paying even less attention than I apparently was tried to come over into my lane. We both swerved and I spun out across three lanes. All I could do was hold the wheel and honk my horn to try to warn other drivers. I remember finally stopping my car on the side of the road and looking behind me, sure that I would find a pile of wreckage on my wake. There was nothing, but after that I developed a serious fear of driving. I have unshakeable visions of crashing or going over the barrier on a ramp or bridge. It’s really not fun being in a car with me. Kramer was a trooper, though, and put up with my craziness during our trip. Now I just have to figure out a way to be less jumpy when we drive to DC and North Carolina later this summer.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerMoose moose moose.

It’s weird that I’m so afraid of driving when I’m in the car with Kramer or someone close to me, but when it’s a cab driver, I’m feeling fine. It’s like the Jerry Seinfeld bit. I think, “They’re professionals. They do this all the time,” as they zig and zag out of lanes, speed and make dangerous driving decisions. I never think twice about it. I guess because Kramer doesn’t drive all of the time, I am afraid that he’s out of practice or that he won’t be able to dodge an incoming disaster. He does not appreciate my lack of faith in his driving abilities. I’m honestly more worried about the other idiots on the road, though, not Kramer. Besides, despite my (completely rational) fears, we made it to and from the mountains without incident. Kramer did a very good job driving. Good job, honey. I’m so proud of you. I’m sure he is already dreading getting back in the car with me. I’ll have to just take a sleeping aid or something and let him drive in peace.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie Cobbler

I mentioned in my strawberry cake post that Driscoll and OXO sent me about a billion strawberries last month. Clearly one cake wasn’t going to use up this bounty, and since today is the last day to win a year’s supply of strawberries (that’s right), I figured I’d post the second thing I made. This cobbler was amazing. It smelled even better. Fresh baked oatmeal cookies, together with juicy summer strawberries, apples and pears. I added the apples and pears because they were in my fridge and I needed to use them up, but you can add any fruit you want. Cherries would be to die for, I’d imagine, or maybe even peaches. Kramer brought this into his office and from what I hear, the reception was a warm one. Cobbler is an essential summer dessert, so I hope you’ll give this one a try. I didn’t have any at the time, but I think the best way to enjoy it is with a big dollop of whipped cream (I’ll be honest, my favorite is Cool Whip – sue me) or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerWe loved Moose.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerBreakfast of champions.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerMe, in really cool pants, checking the tire swing for potential spiders.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerNo spiders.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerStrawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerEven Kramer had some fun on the tire swing.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerI think he liked the regular swing more, though.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerStrawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerStrawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerLife is rough.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerStrawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerStrawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerHull your berries.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerSlice your berries and chop your pears and apple.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerAdd your sugar, cornstarch and vanilla and set aside.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerMake your cookie base.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerPour your fruit over half of the dough, then all dollops of dough on top. Bake until golden and bubbling.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerStrawberry Oatmeal Cookie CobblerServe warm or cold – a side of whipped cream or ice cream is always a good idea, too.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie Cobbler
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Serves: 15
Sweet summer strawberries, pears and apples under a rich oatmeal cookie crust.
For the Filling:
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 2 pears, cored and chopped
  • 1 green apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Oatmeal Cookie Crust:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cubed (plus more for the pan)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats (not quick cooking)
  1. Combine the filling ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Beat together your butter and sugars for at least 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, until fully combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla.
  3. Whisk together your flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Add to the bowl with the sugar and butter and beat until just moistened. Add in the oats and mix to combine, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  4. Butter a 9x13-inch pan well. Press a little less than half of the dough into the bottom of the pan, then pour the fruit mixture over the top. Drop dollops of the remaining dough on top of the fruit (it doesn't have to be perfect), then sprinkle with decorative sugar (if you like - this is optional). Bake for 60 minutes or so, until golden and bubbling. Allow to cool a bit before serving warm, or cool completely, cover with foil and refrigerate for up to 2 days.


10 Responses

  1. Trish says:

    oooooh this looks like such a great time! Absolutely gorgeous. I hear ya on the old lady driving. i am such a nervous wreck in the car. Somehow though, I’m always more at ease when I’m driving. Unless i’m headed up a steep hill. Then I almost have a panic attack.
    Enjoy your weekend!

  2. RRA says:

    I, too, have driving PTSD after commuting around Boston daily one summer. I worked at a firm that was on the opposite side of the city from where I lived. My experiences with scary pot holes now have me white-knuckling the entire ride to Costco every month :(

    Kind of nice to know I’m not the only one! I’ve thought about talking to a doctor, but can’t imagine taking a xanax or something every time we go on a highway…

  3. I love love love your photos, you just capture every perfect moment! I totally understand how you feel about cars/driving… Especially this morning – there was a bee in my car and I basically lost my mind. I am terrified to get back in my car again because I think he might still be in there…. Ugh.

  4. I totally feel you on the driving anxiety front! I don’t drive as often as I used to now, so now I’m even more cautious than ever before. No lie, I got rear-ended by a mack truck when I was fresh out of college – seeing that thing coming in my rearview mirror was enough to make me anxious for life! Haha.

  5. Kate Ramos says:

    Oh jeez, cookies on the bottom and top! I’m in heaven—making this for realz!

  6. Cookie cobbler?!! I am SO down!

  7. Cookie. Cobbler. I`m dyingggg. This sounds amazing. And, I`m in love with your photos, Sydney!

  8. Ane says:

    My grandson has egg allergy. Can I substitute something else instead of using eggs?

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