strawberry vanilla cookies • thank you OCD

OCD can cause quite interesting habits and actions at very unusual times.

I have never been medically diagnosed with having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but I’d dare say that I have low to medium levels of OCD at times. I will at least say that I’m definitely quite particular about certain things.

Here is the medical definition of OCD: Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions).

Hmmmm….Let’s see. Unwanted and repeated thoughts, check. Obsessions, check. Compulsions, check. Yes, the situation can get pretty intense at times and I want to try to find ways to eraticate or to at least improve the situation. Thankfully, these feelings come and go. They worsen at times, but thankfully, they improve during others.

OCD can clearly have a negative impact in a person, but this morning my repeated thoughts about cleaning the freezer and fridge drove me to do a deep cleaning of both and that in turn brought a very pleasant surprise…

I found strawberry vanilla cookie dough hidden somewhere behind the frozen sandwich bread. I used these cookies for a parfait I made a while back, but never shared or showcased the recipe as one. So I wanted to thank my OCD tendencies for once in my life (in addition to those consistent and perpetual times it “helps” me maintain a clean and organized living space) and take this time to share this recipe with you. After all, they are quite delicious and I do think they deserve to be featured.

I also thought these would be perfect to munch on during the hurricane, so I pulled out my super clean cutting board, my super sharp knife, and cut the cookie dough log into small cookies. Then I baked them off.

As of now I have water, food, candles, batteries, books, and these strawberry vanilla cookies. I’d say I’m ready for Sandy to arrive. I hope you are as well!

Ingredients for Strawberry Vanilla Cookies:

4 oz butter

2 oz sugar

1 oz honey

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 vanilla bean

6 oz flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 C freeze dried strawberries, grinded or finely chopped

egg white wash

About 1/4 C – 1/2 C granulated sugar poured into a shallow bowl or container

Procedure/Recipe for Strawberry Vanilla Cookies:

1. Combine butter, sugar, and honey in a mixer and cream on high speed until butter is light and fluffy.

2. Meanwhile, split vanilla bean down the middle and scrape all of the seeds with the back edge of a pairing knife. Add vanilla beans and vanilla extract to butter/sugar/honey and continue to mix until both types of vanilla are well incorporated into mixture.

3. Mix flour and salt together and gradually add it to butter mixture until dry ingredients are fully incorporated. Turn mixer off.

4. Fold in freeze dried strawberries until they’re evenly distributed into dough.

5. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough into thick barrels and cut barrels in half. Work each piece so that each barrel has ¾” – 1” in diameter.

6. Roll each barrel into parchment paper and chill for about 30 minutes- 1 hour.

7. After dough has been chilled, apply egg white all over barrel and gently roll barrel in granulated sugar so that entire surface of barrel is covered in sugar.

8. Cut ends off barrel and cut into ½” slices. Place each slice on a sheet tray that has been covered with parchment paper.

(Another option is to cut the dough once the egg white has been applied and then roll each piece in granulated sugar).

For example,

9. Bake cookies at 350 F for about 10-15 minutes.


5 thoughts on “strawberry vanilla cookies • thank you OCD

  1. I was diagnosed with OCD six years ago and it makes my life hell, most days. While I get impulses to clean it’s harder to deal with because I’m the type to wash my hands if I think something is slightly “dirty” or “contaminated” so it takes me forever to clean anything! It goes up and down with stress though.

    Those cookies look delicious. I love anything strawberry and I’ve never had strawberry cookies!

    • Thank you. Wow, that’s tough! What’s the process of a specialist diagnosing you with OCD? What kind of tests/questions are made? My main tendencies deal with cleaning as well, but I have been forced to let certain things go, although sometimes it’s hard to. I really don’t know if I really have OCD or not, but I’m definitely very particular about certain things.

      • I don’t remember exactly since it was so long ago and I met with two psychologists (the first one really really rubbed me the wrong way, the second one was an awesome person). But they questioned my tendencies, why did I think I had OCD and what they could do to ease the anxiety. At the time my OCD was different from what it is now, it shifts and changes but I think it’s at its solid state at this point. The thing I didn’t like the most (mostly with the first person) was that they offer/push medication on you. I just went with normal and exposure therapy.

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