How does one run a marathon with a broken pelvic girdle?

Not just any marathon, I should specify.  But the Walt Disney World Marathon.

A marathon held in the capital of miracles.  The place where dreams come true.


One doesn’t.  Is what most people would say.

However, when Team In Training asks you to mentor for the event.  When you remember just how passionate you are about raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (especially when, as a mentor, you realize that you only have to raise five hundred rather than the 3900 dollars you raised for you last marathon).  When you think about all of the runners whose lives you can touch by guiding them through this marathon experience.

You start to be swayed.  You start to think, hey.  I can do this.  Even if I have to walk the entire way, which is an option.

Come hell or high water.

I can.  Will.  Do this.

(Although if Disney could throw a little bit of their magic into allowing me to have a clean MRI next week, that would be much appreciated.)

And so there you have it.  Walt Disney World Marathon 2011.  Here I come.


And because I felt that I should carb load in preparation for thinking about whether or not I should run the marathon.

I made cookies.

Although I actually made them to bring to lab meeting.  Because I’ve learned that if ever you want to convince people that they love you and want you to join their lab in a year.  You should bake them cookies.

Don’t get me wrong, carb loading is nice also.  But last time I checked, I don’t actually burn any significant amount of calories from thinking about running.  Which feels like a bad thing, but is probably for the best considering how much thinking about running I do.  I’ve been hypermetabolic before.  It’s actually not as fun as it sounds.


Before I get to the recipes, though, there are a few orders of business to take care of.

(a) Enter my giveaway.

(b) The Regional Recipes round-up for ETHIOPIA has been posted!  And the new country has been announced!  Check it out.

(c) This week, I will be attending BLOGHER and am SO excited.  Fortuitously, it is being held in NYC this year so I don’t actually have to go very far at all.  Please let me know if you will be there!


Maple Brown Sugar Cookies
Makes 24, adapted from Indulgence Cookies

1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 cup soft brown sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 egg yolk
2 cups AP flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamom

1. Preheat the oven to 350.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.  Add the maple syrup and egg yolk, beating until just combined.  Sift in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and cardamom.  Stir with a wooden spoon to form a soft dough.

3. Shape the dough into a flat disk, cover with plastic wrap and put in the freezer for 20-30 minutes or in the refrigerator for at least an hour.  (The book tells you to put it in the fridge for 20 minutes.  And let me tell you, this was nowhere near enough time.  Basically just refrigerate until chilled and slightly hard.)

4. Roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper until it is 1/4 inch thick.  Cut the dough into 2-inch round cookie cutters. Or if your dough is too soft to do any such thing because you are impatient and refuse to wait until it is cold to work with it.  (Not that I would know anything about that.)  Roll it into balls and then flatten them slightly with your palm.  Place on the prepared sheets 1 1/2 inches apart and bake for 8 minutes or until lightly golden.  Allow to cool on the sheets for a minute and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Repeat until all the dough is used up.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen, adapted from Brown-Eyed Baker 

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar for about 3 minutes.  Mix in the vanilla.  Add the egg and beat to combine.  Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated.

4.  Using a wooden spoon, stir in the oats and chocolate chips.

5. Drop the dough onto the cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.  Bake for 10 minutes or until the cookies are lightly golden.  Cool completely on the baking sheet and then store in an airtight container.


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92 Responses to Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and Maple Brown Sugar Cookies

  1. Yum to the cookies and yay to the marathon and I will be at Blogher!!! And we must meet! I keep meaning to email you my phone number… I’ll try to actually remember to do that later today. 🙂

  2. Marathons, clean MRI’s, carb-laden cookies, and BlogHer..all things to celebrate.

  3. newlywed says:

    Those cookies look great! Does this mean the oven is all better? I have that dish towel, btw…

  4. Raina says:

    What a great marathon that must be at Disney. A few years back when I was at Disney with my family, they were having the marathon at the same time, and we kept seeing runners everywhere training. I remember thinking that I wished that I were one of them, funny since I had never run before..lol I just started running last month. I am only up to about 2.5 miles; lame, I know. But I am determined to keep at it. I hope you can get back to it eventually:) Great that you are mentoring, though.

    Great cookies! I am a huge cookie person and looking forward to tasting these:)

    Have fun at Blogher!

  5. Katie says:

    I thought about signing up for the Disney half marathon, but then I realized that I’ve only run twice since my half last September. And right now I would die of heat stroke within 5 min if I attempted to run. Oh well. Hope you get good news from the MRI, and good luck when January gets here!

  6. Both of these cookies sound SO delicious!!! They have definitely been added to my list of recipes to try… thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Kristin says:

    Both of these cookies look delicious! You can never go wrong with a peanut butter chocolate combo.

  8. Lea Ann says:

    Very cool Joanne, keeping my fingers crossed for you and that marathon. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that I have time to make these cookies soon.

  9. I so rarely use peanut butter when I cook, but these cookies look delightful. My fear, as usual, is if I make them… I’m going to eat the whole batch. Then I’ll be one big boy!

    Is the MRI for your leg? Those aren’t fun. I hope it goes smoothly.

  10. Chef Dennis says:

    I can’t imagine running a marathon when I was healthy….you just amaze me!!! I can see why you are such an inspiration. your cookies look delicious! I use to always bring my doctor food. Take care of yourself Joanne You are in my prayers always!

  11. elra says:

    Can’t beat the deliciousness and simplicity of classic cookies such as PB cookies.

  12. Julie says:

    HOW EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    you can do it man!! you totally can 🙂 🙂 p.s. we need a dinner date soon!

  13. hey you! yes. a lot of quality time. let’s just say he really likes my back. haaha. and likes how i’m ticklish. he was worried he moved too fast on thursday. me: uhhh no? him: wasn’t sure how you felt. Me: well now you know. MAKE OUT SESH.

    he is really nice about what i like to eat. so kind. he was really excited to take me there.

    we remembered part of it (the benzene ring) but he looked it up online to make sure it was correct. hahaha.

  14. great cookies and adore the pictures

  15. Giovanna says:

    Thank you so much for doing what you can to help! You would be helping my husband, who was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s when 17 then later diagnosed with primary CNS lymphoma in 07 and a sweet little boy I have known since his birth named Tristan who was diagnosed with leukemia last year and is 5 years old. Much love to you sweetie! : )

  16. Anonymous says:

    fuck ethiopia

  17. Swathi says:

    Both cookies looks delicious. It is nice to help Leukemia and Lymphoma society in our own way.

  18. Stella says:

    Nice cookies, Joanne! I hope you’re careful running/walking that marathon-don’t push yourself too hard (smile). Hey, have you seen that movie with Simon Pegg where he runs a marathon and shouldn’t b/c of his physical condition (a very different condition than yours, mind you)? It’s too funny…!

  19. Amy says:

    Cookies for your lab buddies was smart. I’m almost certain the only reason I have friends is because of my baked goods.

    Don’t push yourself too hard or you’ll end up completely immobile – then you won’t be running or baking 🙁

    Blogher SFO is in October and I’ll probably go to that one – requires a car, not a plane! I wish I could hang with you!

  20. Katerina says:

    My family is always open to cookies, especially if they look so gorgeous like the ones you made.

  21. RamblingTart says:

    That’s wonderful, Joanne!! Good for you! I’m so glad you’re making this dream adjust to your circumstances instead of abandoning it. You’re amazing. 🙂 Your cookies are FABULOUS!!!

  22. Ameena says:

    A good friend of mine who just happens to be a brillant surgeon bakes weekly for her colleagues because she says she never knows when she’ll need a favor. It is a good habit to get into, in your line of work especially.

    The cookies look fabulous! I wish I was going to be at Blogher so I could meet up with you! But one of these days we will in fact meet!

  23. Mo Diva says:

    IM going! IM going! Bring those cookies! mmm!

  24. Mary says:

    Your cookies sounds delicious. I’m glad you’ll be able to participate in the marathon is some fashion. Take copious notes at ‘blogger’ to share with us who can be there in spirit only. I hope you have a great day today. Blessings…Mary

  25. sra says:

    I think all the time, worry so much it’s a shame it doesn’t burn calories but adds pounds to you instead, because of all that stress! Will wait to hear all about Blogher from you!

  26. Juliana says:

    Joanne, the cookies look fabulous…will try your peanut butter ones, since I have 2 big jars of peanut butter from Costco…such a good timing 🙂

  27. Pam says:

    You are amazing, marathons and cooking! These cookies look great and I say you can never have enough PB!

  28. Dana says:

    Be careful Joanne! You don’t want to do long term damage! I admire the runner that you are. We live near a 2.8 mile loop and that is all I can seem to run. Physically I know I can do more but mentally I peter out at 2.8 miles. Anyway, awesome cookies – the perfect balance. Have so much fun at BlogHer!

  29. Nelly says:

    Oh dear GOD. I would call this food porn, but that would be an injustice. Your pics are definitely the highest-quality food erotica, Joanne. And now I can’t stop drooling.

    Best of luck with the running!

  30. Suman Singh says:

    WOW..cookies looks great..love everything in it..

  31. These cookies sound so good, even I may take up running. Or maybe, I’ll just make and eat the cookies instead. I’m sending good thoughts to you for a clean bill of health 🙂

  32. You really out did yourself now that you’r back in business with the oven! Great way to carb load for a marathon…I admire your tenancity with these marathons and your injury.

  33. Faith says:

    Both cookies look pretty amazing! That’s so exciting about the Disney marathon — fingers crossed for a clean MRI! I’m jealous about Blogher, I wanted to go! 🙂 Hope you have a fantastic time!

  34. MaryMoh says:

    Joanne, you are such an inspiration! You are one amazing lady. I hope you are all well and can take the challenge. Love the cookies. They look crunchy and delicious.

  35. i’ve been looking f0or some good study fuel. these look PERFECT!

    xo Alison

  36. Alisa says:

    It is such a shame that you can’t burn off cookies just by thinking about exercising isn’t it? Hope the MRI comes back clean!

    I will be at Blogher Food in the fall because it is on the west coast. Will you be going to that?

  37. Nadji says:

    Avec tout ce qu’il y a dedans, ces cookies doivent être délicieux.
    Bonne semaine et à bientôt.

  38. grace says:

    i run so i can eat deliciously amazing treats like these. seriously, that’s the reason. well, that and the fact that i occasionally meet attractive men who also enjoy running and eating. 🙂 good for you!

  39. The cookies look delicious! Good luck with the marathon…I’m pullin’ for ya! In fact, I’ll do some carb loading just for you 🙂

  40. Astra Libris says:

    Joanne, you truly inspire me! I will be crossing my fingers for your clean MRI!

    Oh my goodness, I’m in raptures over these cookies… PB, chocolate, oatmeal, maple – all of my favorite cookie flavors all on one page! I’m nearly dancing with excitement! 🙂

  41. Katy ~ says:

    You are just such a groovy girl (I know, I know, woman, but groovy woman does have the alliterative sound I wanted). Let me get a huge glass of milk; I think I need a fistful of those delicious cookies!

  42. Two great events and two great-looking cookies, Joanne! Hopefully, by the time the marathon takes place your MRI will be perfect!

  43. Your cookies look great! I admire your determination to run the marathon- I hope everything works out for you.

  44. Monet says:

    As much as I love chocolate, I think I would prefer those maple cookies…they sound so good, and they would be perfect with a cup of cinnamon tea. I am inspired by your ambition…you will do great at your marathon!

  45. i’d want these after a bag of chips 😀 (i’m a salty-then-sweet girl)

  46. Kim says:

    Okay, you are seriously making me crave cookies in a very fierce way! I want both of them, but I’m really intrigued by the maple sugar cookies with the cardamom (cardamom is one of my new loves). I bet you really made a name for yourself by serving up these cookies to your lab team!
    Sounds like a wonderful opportunity to participate in the WDW Marathon!! Very cool 🙂

  47. the twins says:

    those cookies look ridiculously amazing! i like the idea of peanut butter, oatmeal, and chocolate chips all in one cookie because i can never decide between those three.
    and and yay for the marathon, i hope your mri comes back clean.

  48. These cookies would win me over! It must of been great to get back to baking. And I wish you the best for the marathon – Disney World sounds like a fun place to run – and the mri.

  49. polwig says:

    The great thing about disney marathon is that it is in January right? So perfect place to warm up from NYC winter. Have fun at BlogHer, I wish I could attend but I think I am still too young of a blog for it. Next year though.

  50. kickpleat says:

    2 kinds of cookies? Perfect!!

  51. Pam says:

    Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard…

    Okay, I am back. Both recipes look AMAZING!Bookmarked.

    Have a blast at BlogHer – lucky girl.

  52. RV says:

    I can eat them all…Have fun at BlogHer and would love to hear the updates.

  53. Kelsey says:

    cookies and a marathon! omg SWOON. im totally hoping the marathon plans work out! such a wonderful goal <3

    btw these cookies are a masterpiece and one of the best creations ive seen from you! who wouldnt want one of these cookies, well id want the whole plate <3


  54. Cynthia says:

    This is terrible! I’m on a diet right now but seeing your delicious cookies have got me swayed! I guess you’re making good use of your oven now ;). That’s awesome that you get to go to Blogher! I wish I could go. Lucky you!

  55. tigerfish says:

    Cool! You get to go to Blogher 😀

  56. PJ says:

    yumm yumm.. so tempting! cookies look delicious and made even better by the news that you got to go to blgher.. awesome!

  57. OohLookBel says:

    It’s great that you’re involved in the marathon, very worthwhile it will be. Now onto the cookies – having a hard time deciding which ones to make first. Oh, alright, choc chip it is. Thanks for the recipes 🙂

  58. Michelle says:

    Seriously gorgeous cookies and they sound so good!

    Have a great time at Blogher…you deserve a break. Enjoy!

  59. Eliana says:

    Congrats for signing up for the race. I’m actually training with TNT right now for the Chicago Marathon. Good luck with your training. This is an excellent way to load up on carbs 🙂

    I will be at BlogHer as well this week. We should definitely link up 🙂

  60. Yosha says:

    Are you absolutely sure just thinking about running won’t burn enough calories to gobble up some of those cookies?! They look lovely!

    A disney run! Nice! Is it in florida?

    I was hoping to find a link for your fund raising efforts, am I blind?

  61. I could eat these cookies one after the other until they are all gone!

  62. Excellent cookies!! They look great! At least you are able to bake if you can’t run! Baking is a form of cardio isn’t it??

    Can’t wait to hear about blogher!

  63. janet says:

    Gotta love loading up on carbs guilt-free pre- and post-exercise. 🙂
    I love that you are going to do the marathon! Congratulations on making that decision. You go girl. 🙂

  64. Dawn says:

    You know, this is one combo I haven’t seen with the maple but I LOVE it. Anything with maple syrup. Mmmmm…….

  65. Your tenacity and dedication are inspiring. Good luck with the marathon.

    Love both cookies recipes. I am not much of a dessert eater, but I love cookies.

  66. Biren says:

    How do you know I am in the mood for cookies? I would love to have a half dozen of these please 🙂 All the best for the marathon!

  67. Congrats on signing up for the marathon!!! Both these cookies look amazing 🙂

    I’m so sad I can’t make it to BlogHer this year, especially since it’s so close to Boston… But I can’t wait to hear all the stories!!


  68. theUngourmet says:

    You can’t burn off cookie calories by thinking about running?! Darn it! Have fun at BlogHer and I hope you get to do your marathon. It’s for such a great cause! My daughter is away and camp and my son and I were just talking about making some cookies. We’ll have to try one of your recipes! 🙂

  69. Is this event called “The Happiest Marathon on Earth” ???

    You go girl!


  70. Sippity Sup says:

    So I guess as far as your oven is concerned “all’s well that ends well”! Especially when it ends in cookies. GREG

  71. Shannon says:

    i’m totally thinking that we are burning calories thinking that hard about running 😉 certainly enough for these cookies! i’ll be thinking good thoughts for your mri hun!!

  72. You go Girl! yes, you can especially if you keep carb loading on these cookies!

  73. Two great cookie recipes for one great gal (and her lab buddies) You go miss mentor. I am so proud of you. So driven in the kitchen and driven to work for an amazing cause. Have fun at BlogHer I wish I could meet you there. You going to BlogHer Food?? That’s where i’ll be.xo

  74. Both of those cookies look a-maaaaaaazing. And how exciting about the Disney marathon! 🙂

  75. Carolyn Jung says:

    You are amazing. I don’t think I could run a marathon even if every limb and muscle were in tip-top shape. 😉
    Carb-loading with cookies sounds like something I’d definitely do, though. Pass the plate, please.

  76. Caronae says:

    Maple, PB, oatmeal, and chocolate are pretty much my 4 fave dessert ingredients! So excited to see them all in one post here. 🙂

    I would totally combine the two cookies into one massively flavored hunk of dessert.

    Super excited to hear more about the marathon; let’s do some runs together! Although FYI I suck at running right now and am sooooo slow!

  77. Cathy says:

    Your cookies look delicious and your blog is delightful! It’s my first time visiting. I’m a runner too and a great fan of cooking and baking!

  78. Debinhawaii says:

    Congrats on doing the marathon–I’ll think good thoughts. The cookies look delicious–I want a fresh-baked cookie so bad right now! 😉 Have a great time at BlogHer–wish I could go.

  79. Cristie says:

    Truly some of my favorite cookie fixings are in your recipe- love the maple, peanutbutter combo, it must have been fantastic. I’ve got to give this a try.

  80. Kevin says:

    Those cookies look good and I like the use of the maple syrup in them!

  81. Debbie says:

    I think it’s great you are doing the marathon. Wow…you have to be in really good shape for taht! I would love to try each of those cookies. They look delicious Joanne!

  82. Marisa says:

    So, do I have to run a marathon (or consider it) to shamelessly scoff those peanut butter choc chip cookies?

    PS: Love the last photo.

  83. abigail says:

    those cookies look delicious!

  84. Oh man, I really wish thinking about exercise actually did burn calories cause I do that a lot more than I actually get off my bum these days (sadly). I didn’t even know BlogHer was coming up or I would have signed up. Too bad. I will be in NYC next weekend though. Do you know of any great vegetarian-friendly restaurants I should check out while there?

  85. Kerstin says:

    Can you come to our lab meetings? 🙂 Yum!

    I just saw a half marathon at Disney World in the fall that ends in a food and wine fest ! It’s sold out but I secretly want to do it next year!

  86. Lori says:

    Woohoo! I hope the report is a good one! We considered Disney this year (me the 1/2, hubs the full), but decided to save it for another year. Can’t wait to see how things progress for you! Oh, and if you need anything from me, I can be paid in cookies like these. 🙂

  87. Chris says:

    Bribing your lab partners with food, nice idea!

    I really like the “everything” cookie with all the oats, peanut butter and choco chips. Two of those and some vanilla ice cream between them, oh yeah.

  88. Anonymous says:

    I made your cookie recipe. The chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal cookies…They are great and very very good when I added walnuts. YUM. Thank you for posting and good luck with the run

  89. Joanne says:

    Anonymous – I’m so glad you liked them! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  90. Elizabeth says:

    Oh, yum! Those both look so good!

  91. These both look like fantastic cookies! The maple sugar cookies especially sound delicious and flavorful. I’ll have to try them soon 🙂

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